Jim Kastner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Research focus includes chemical catalysts

Telephone: 706-583-0155


Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 505
597 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Kastner is trained as a chemical engineer and industrial microbiologist. Before accepting a faculty appointment at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kastner was a senior engineer in the Biotechnology Research Group at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. His present research activities include the development of environmental, nanostructured and chemical catalysts, and enhanced biomass pyrolysis and gasification processes for syngas/bio-oils to liquid fuels. Dr. Kastner is an avid recreational cyclist and mountain biker.


Ph.D., Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1987
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Magna cum Laude, Mississippi State University, 1984
B.S. in Biochemistry, Cum Laude, Mississippi State University, 1983

Research Focus

  • Biochemical engineering
  • Environmental, nanostructured and chemical catalysts
  • Enhanced biomass pyrolysis and gasification processes