Dr. Kung-Hui "Bella" Chu, Associate Professor
Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University
Phone: 979-845-1403
Fax: 979-862-1542


Kung-Hui (Bella) Chu is as an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Her research and teaching focuses are on environmental biotechnologies for improving surface and groundwater water quality, monitoring pathogens in drinking water and impaired water, and generating renewable energy, with greater emphasis on bioenergy. The specific areas of her research include treatment and biotransformation of emerging contaminants in wastewater, bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons and persistent organics in groundwater and soils, best management of storm water runoff, and production of biodiesel.

Dr. Chu received a M.S. degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. degree from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Chu is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California and in Taiwan, R.O.C.

2012 Growing Texas Conference

October 3: New and Emerging Energy Technologies, Bacterial Lipids for Biodiesel

Biofuels can be a part of the response to rising energy demand. Among many possible biofuels, biodiesel holds a great potential to be tomorrow’s green energy because it is clean, renewable, and compatible with our existing energy infrastructure and diesel engines. Biodiesel can be made from plant oils, animal fats, and microbial lipids. However, current production costs for biodiesel are not competitive with petroleum diesel, partly due to the lack of a steady and inexpensive feedstock and the need for intensive energy input to recover oils/fats/lipids from the feedstock.

Intensive research has been placed on plant and microalgae oil, but not on bacterial lipids. Recently, in our laboratory, we have explored the potential of bacterial lipids as a new, steady, and inexpensive feedstock for biodiesel production. In this presentation, the advantage and promise of using bacterial lipids for biodiesel production will be discussed.