Kochergin, Vadim

Author of 85 papers published in professional journals, 13 patents and multiple oral presentations at the national and international meetings. Several patents have been implemented commercially .

Selected  Publications

  • V. Kochergin, M. Kearney, W. Jacob, L. Velasquez, J. Alvarez, C. Baez-Smith - Chromatographic desugarization of syrups in cane mills, International Sugar Journal, vol.102, No.1223 (November 2000), pp. 568-578
  • V. Kochergin, M. Kearney - Fractal distributors for uniform fluid distribution in the sugar industry, Zuckerindustrie 126 (2001), No. 1, pp. 51-54
  • V. Kochergin, M. Johnson - Sugar storage in silos: A slow conditioning approach International Sugar Journal, vol. 103, No. 1229 (May 2001), pp. 194-200
  • V. Kochergin, S. Olmstead, W. Jacob - Evaluation of emerging technologies: Importance of correct analytical procedures, Proceedings of the 31st ASSBT meeting, Vancouver, Canada, March 1-4, 2001, pp. 137-142
  • V. Kochergin, S. Olmstead, W. Jacob - Evaluation of emerging technologies: Importance of correct analytical procedures, Zuckerindustrie 126 (2001), No. 5, pp. 376-379
  • V. Kochergin, M. Kearney, J. Alvarez - Direct production of white sugar in cane mills: technical and economic aspects, Proceedings of the 24th Congress of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Brisbane, Australia, September 17-21, 2001, vol. 1, pp. 108-111
  • M. Kearney, V. Kochergin - Chromatographic applications in the cane sugar industry, Proceedings of the 24th Congress of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Brisbane, Australia, September 17-21, 2001, vol. 1, pp. 11-15
  • V. Kochergin - Practical applications of membrane filtration in the sugar industry, International Sugar Journal, vol. 103, No. 1236 (December 2001), pp. 529-532
  • V. Kochergin - Processing opportunities for the future, International Sugar Journal, vol. 104, No. 1243 (July 2002), pp. 290-300
  • V. Kochergin, C. Rhoten, B. Purchase - Research and development in the sugar industry: Status and future trends, International Sugar Journal, vol. 105, No. 1251 (March 2003), pp. 137-143
  • V. Kochergin, M. Kearney, W. Jacob, T. Pryor - Raw Juice purification process: a lime-free technology, Zuckerindustrie, 128(2003), No.9, pp. 667-672
  • V. Kochergin, W. Jacob, L. Velasquez, J. Alvarez - Possibilities of ion exchange softening of cane clarified juice, Proc. of SPRI Conference - New developments, April 4-7, 2004 Atlanta, GA 2004, ppp. 306-314
  • N. R. Mann, R. S. Herbst, T. L. Trowbridge, V. Kochergin - Development of The Embedded Membrane Concept, - Proceedings of the 9th World Filtration Congress, New Orleans, LA, April, 2004
  • N.R. Mann, R. S. Herbst, J. R Hess, V. Kochergin - Enhanced flux erosion resistant membranes for biomass separations - Membrane Technology, An International Newsletter, November 2004, pp. 5-9
  • V. Kochergin - Chromatographic applications in sugar industry- 2nd International Conference on New Technologies in Sugar Beet Industry, Moscow, Russia, June 14-18, 2004
  • V. Kochergin, M. Kearney, R.S. Herbst, N.R. Mann, T.G. Garn, and J.R. Hess - Challenges For Membrane Filtration of Biomass Derived Solutions, AIChE Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, November 10, 2004.
  • V. Kochergin, O. Tzschaetzsch - Ion Exchange Thin Juice Softening using Fractal Technology, International Sugar Journal, Vol. 107, No 1278, (June 2005) pp. 342-353
  • V. Kochergin, M. Kearney - Existing Biorefinery Operations that benefit from fractal based process intensification - Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, vol. 129-132, 2006, pp. 349-360
  • V. Kochergin, W. Jacob, M. Kearney, W. Bornak- Ion exchange decolorization-possibility of resin rejuvenation, Proceedings of the 34th ASSBT meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, Feb 28-March 3, 2007
  • V. Kochergin, W. Jacob, W. Bornak – Extending life of decolorization resin by aggressive cleaning procedures, Proc. of Sugar Industry Technologists meeting, 2007 May 6, Baltimore, MD, paper # 918
  • V. Kochergin - Membrane Applications in the sugar industry, Part 1. Membrane and Separation Technology News, An International Newsletter, July 2007, vol. 26, No 7, pp. 8-9,16
  • V. Kochergin - Membrane Applications in the sugar industry, Part 2. Membrane and Separation Technology News, An International Newsletter, August 2007, vol. 26, No 8, pp.13-15
  • V. Kochergin, M. Suhr – Chromatographic applications for optimized sugar processing, Proc. of Andrew Van Hook Symposium, Reims, France, March 27, 2008
  • V. Kochergin, W. Jacob, W. Bornak – Extending life of decolorization resin by aggressive cleaning procedures, International Sugar Journal, vol. 110, No. 1313, May 2008, pp. 305-310
  • V. Kochergin, M. Saska - Production and storage of VHP and VLC sugar, Proc. of Sugar Industry Technologists, May 25-28, 2008, Leipzig, Germany, paper #944
  • V. Kochergin, M. Suhr -Utilisation de la separation chromatographique en vue d’’un process sucrier optimize - Indus. Alim. Agric. (2008) 125 (9-10) 26-31. (in French)
  •  Saska, M., V. Kochergin- Quality changes during storage of raw and VLC sugar: Effects of pH and moisture , International Sugar Journal, April(2009) Vol. 111, No. 1324, pp. 234, 236-238
  • V.Kochergin Storage of VHP and VLC raw sugar: results of the 2007-08 season ,The Sugar Bulletin v.87, No.5 February 2009, pp. 19-20
  • V.Kochergin Optimization of low grade boiling procedures ,The Sugar Bulletin v.87, No.6 Mar 2009, pp16-20.
  • V.Kochergin , K. Miller -Evaluation of target efficiencies for solid-liquid separation steps in biofuels production –accepted for publication to Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology -2010
  • V.Kochergin - Affinity based separation technologies and their role in the current and future sugar industry - Proceedings of First Conference of European Society of Sugar Technologists (ESST) paper, Rotterdam May 17-19, 2009. CD
  • V. Kochergin Studies of Long-Term Storage of High Quality Raw Sugar, Proceedings of the 26th Congress of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Veracruz, Mexico, March 7-11, 2010 CD (refereed)
  • V.Kochergin Reduction on Sugar losses in Boiling House Operations ,The Sugar Bulletin v.88, No.7 April 2010, pp.17-19
  • K. Miller, V. Kochergin - Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) for recovery of suspended solids from pretreated bagasse streams – submitted to Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology- 2010
  • V. Kochergin Studies of Long-Term Storage of High Quality Raw Sugar,  Sugar Industry/Zuckerindustrie, 135(60), No.7, pp.419-42
  • V.Kochergin, C.Gaudet, M.Robert -A Juice Clarifier with Turbulence Reduction Devices-Results of First Industrial Trials- Proceedings of the 83th Congress of SASTA, Aug 25-27, 2010, Durban, SA (refereed)
  • V.Kochergin Sugar Industry Diversification : Pathways to Non-Ethanol Fuels and Chemicals , Plenary presentation at the 83th Congress of SASTA, Aug 25-27, 2010, Durban, SA
  • V.Kochergin, C.Gaudet- A Juice Clarifier with Turbulence Reduction Devices, Int.Sugar J. vol. 113, No 1349, 348-355, May 2011
  • V.Kochergin, M.Suhr- Industrial Chromatography for Optimization of Sugar Production, SAHAR (Sugar), No.6, 2011, pp.42-45 (in Russian)
  • C. Lohrey, V. Kochergin - Biodiesel Production from Microalgae: Co-location with Sugar Mills , Bioresource Technology, v.108 (2012), pp. 76-82





  10/2006 to present:

    Professor - Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter, Saint Gabriel, Louisiana.

    Director-Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing( LIBBi)

    Adjunct Professor - Chemical Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Departments, Louisiana State University

6/1991 to 10/2006: Process Research Group Leader - Amalgamated Research Inc. (Amalgamated Sugar Company), Twin Falls, Idaho.

11/1985 to 3/1991: Senior Research Engineer (Assistant Lab Manager) - Vitamin Research Institute, Moscow, Russia.

11/1982 to 11/1985: Chemical Engineer - Mendeleev Chemical Engineering University, Moscow, Russia.

Membership of Scientific and Professional Societies

  • Member of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists, American Society of Sugar Cane technologists, Sugar Industry Technologists and National Society of Professional Engineers.
  • Elected Member of European Society of Sugar Technologists (USA representative)
  • Served as a Chairman of Research Advisory Committee to Sugar Processing Research Institute (SPRI), an organization sponsored by over 20 international companies.
  • A referee of the International Sugar Journal and the Jornal of American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists

Professional Registration

  • Professional Chemical Engineer registered in the state of Idaho. License #8124

Teaching Experience

Teaches a Sugar Process Engineering Course at Louisiana State University

Organized five International Short Courses on “Affinity-Based Separation Technologies (Exchange, Adsorption and Industrial Chromatography”

Fourteen years of instructorship in the short courses organized by Food Protein Research Center at Texas A&M University (1996-2010).

-Several years of teaching experience in undergraduate Chemcial Engineering classes and laboratory at the Mendeleev Chemical Engineering University in Moscow, Russia.

  • All aspects of beet and cane sugar processing or sugar refining , providing technical support to operating processing facilities ( 21 years experience in the US and international sugar industry).
  • Development of new process technologies and integration into existing process facilities.
  • Unit operations involved in sugar processing:
    • solids-liquid separations
    • filtration
    • crystallization
    • ion exchange
    • industrial chromatography
  • Separation and purification technologies in biomass fractionation that will lead to improvement and diversification of the sugar   and  agricultural industries

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 1987
  • M.S. Degree, Chemical Engineering, 1982, Mendeleev Chemical Engineering University, Moscow, Russia

Professional Engineer holding Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with over 25 years of extensive experience in R&D from conception to commercialization in sugar, biorefining and pharmaceutical industries. Specialized expertise includes unit operations involved in all aspects of new process development and implementation: membrane filtration, industrial chromatography, solvent extraction, ion exchange, distillation, filtration, crystallization, bulk solids handling.

Demonstrated strong leadership and team-building skills in co-managing a three-year $1.9 million DOE-sponsored program on development and pilot demonstration of innovative separation technologies for conversion of agricultural feedstock into fuels and chemicals. Coordinated this project with a group of national labs and industrial partners. Initiated and supervised several multidisciplinary projects funded by international industrial consortia on development of new sugar processing technologies and risk-free integration into existing commercial facilities. In the recent years, was a principal investigator and/or collaborator on several grants (total of $1.2 million) related to improvement of sugar cane mill operations and integration of biomass conversion technologies into existing cane sugar industry infrastructure.

Currently principal investigator of a $17.3 million USDA NIFA funded project. The grant is one of five competitive nationally awarded coordinated agricultural projects. The main objective is to create a regional program for converting agricultural crops, such as energy cane and sweet sorghum, into fuels and chemicals (www.lsuagcenter.com/subi).

Director of newly formed Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing (www.lsuagcenter.com/libbi).

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