Somnath Shinde

Postdoctoral Appointee

Portrait of Somnath Shinde

Somnath Shinde has a multi-disciplinary background. His current research interests involve algal and lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels, chemical production, and upgrading biorefinery residues for bioblendstocks for fuels, lipids, bioplastics, and other value-added chemicals and materials. At Sandia, Shinde works on algae biomass valorization, through one-pot bioconversion, in to high value added bioproducts.


Bachelor’s Degree: Pharmacy, University of Pune- India (2002-2006)

Master’s Degree: Bioprocess Technology, University of Mumbai Institute of Chemical Technology-India (2006-2008)

Doctoral Degree: Bioprocess Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology-Mumbai, India (2008-2014); Advisor: Ganapati Yadav

Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  • Sandia National Laboratories (2018-Present)
  • University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2017-2018); PI: Art Ragauskas
  • DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center-Michigan State University (2015-2017); PI: Bruce Dale
  • Imperial College London (2014-2015); PI: Jason Hallett
Venn Diagram for Sustainable Production of Specialty Chemicals and Materlas

Selected Publications

  • ‘Codesign of Combinatorial Organosolv Pretreatment (COP) and Lignin Nanoparticles (LNPs) in Biorefineries’, Zhi-Hua Liu, Naijia Hao, Somnath Shinde, Michelle L. Olson, Samarthya Bhagia, John R. Dunlap, Katy C. Kao, Xiaofeng Kang, Arthur J. Ragauskas, and Joshua S. Yuan, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Enginerring, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b05715
  • ‘Recent advances in understanding the pseudo-lignin formation in lignocellulosic biorefinery’, S. D. Shinde, X. Meng, R. Kumar and A. J. Ragauskas,  Green Chemistry 20 (2018) 2192-2205
  • “Defining Lignin Nanoparticle Properties through Tailored Lignin Reactivity by Sequential Organosolv Fragmentation Approach (SOFA)”, Zhi-Hua Liu, Naijia Hao, Somnath Shinde, Yunqiao Pu, Xiaofeng Kang, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Joshua S. Yuan, Green Chemistry DOI: 10.1039/C8GC03290D
  • “Synergistic Maximization of Carbohydrate Output and Lignin Processibility by Combinatorial Pretreatment”, Z-H. Liu, M. Olson, S. D. Shinde, X. Wang, N. Hao, C G. Yoo, S. Bhagia, J. R. Dunlap, Y. Pu, K. C. Kao, A. J. Ragauskas, M. Jin, J. S. Yuan, Green Chemistry 19 (2017) 4939-4955
  • ‘Rapid pretreatment of Miscanthus using the low-cost ionic liquid triethylammonium hydrogen sulfate at elevated temperatures’, F. J. V. Gschwend, F. Malaret, S. D. Shinde, A. Brandt, J. Hallett, research article accepted for publication in Green Chemistry 20 (2018) 3486-3498
  • “Pre-Senescence Harvest of Switchgrass Inhibits Xylose Utilization by Engineered Yeast”, Rebecca G. Ong, S. D. Shinde, Leonardo da Costa Sousa, and Gregg R. Sanford, Frontiers in Energy Research 6 (2018) 52
  • “Kinetic resolution of (RS)-α-tetralol catalyzed by crosslinked Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB) enzyme supported on mesocellular foam (MCF): a nanoscale enzyme reactors (NERs) approach”, M. P. Kamble, S. D. Shinde and G. D. Yadav, Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic 132 (2016) 61-65
  • “Insight into microwave assisted immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B catalyzed kinetic resolution of RS-(±)-ketorolac”, S. D. Shinde and G. D. Yadav, Process Biochemistry 50 (2015) 230–236
  • “Insight into microwave assisted lipase catalyzed synthesis of geranyl cinnamate: Optimization and kinetic modeling”, S. D. Shinde and G. D. Yadav, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 175 (2015) 2035–2049
  • “Microwave irradiated immobilized lipase catalyzed synthesis of alkyl benzoate esters by transesterification: Mechanism and kinetic modeling”, S. D. Shinde and G. D. Yadav, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 53 (2014) 8706−8713
  • “Process intensification of immobilized lipase catalysis by microwave irradiation in synthesis of 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) esters”, S. D. Shinde and G. D. Yadav, Biochemical Engineering Journal 90 (2014) 96–102
  •  “Synergism of microwave irradiation and immobilized lipase catalysis in synthesis of 4,8-dimethylnon-7-en-1yl (2E)-3-phenylpro-2-enolate”, S. D. Shinde and G. D. Yadav, International Review of Chemical Engineering 4 (6) (2012) 589-596
  • “Kinetic modeling and optimization of immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B catalysed synthesis of butyl-4-methyl-3-oxopentanoate using response surface methodology”, S. D. Shinde and G. D. Yadav, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering 10 (2012) A70
  • “Statistical media optimization for lutein production from microalgae Auxenochlorella protothecoides SAG 211-7a”, S. D. Shinde and S. S. Lele, International Journal of  Advanced Biotechnology and Research 1 (2010) 104-114

Awards, Honors, and Memberships

  • “Outstanding Reviewer” for Biochemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier (2017)
  • Member of Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, USA (2016, 2019)
  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2013)
  • “Shri. G. M. Abhyankar Research Paper Presentation Award 2011” for paper presentation at International Conference on New Horizons in Biotechnology NHBT-2011 (2011)
  • M H Shukla-IIChE, 2nd Prize for the Best Technical Paper presented at CHEMCON (2010)
  • University Grant Commissions- Senior Research Fellowship (UGC-SAP) for meritorious students awarded by Government of India (2009-2013)
  • Department of Biotechnology’s Junior Research Fellowship 2008 fellowship at DBT-ICT center for Energy Biosciences, Mumbai awarded by Government of India (2008)
  • Meritorious Scholarships Awarded by J. R. D. Tata Trust (2007)

Selected News Articles

  • "A Switchgrass Sugar Situation" highlighted on DOE Office of Science Website and by Michigan Tech (2018)
  • Pseudo-lignin article selected as the ‘Article of the month’ in Celignis May Newsletter, Ireland. (2018)