Harvey Blanch is Professor of Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and CSO/CTO at JBEI. His research has examined transport, kinetics and thermodynamics in enzymatic and microbial processes. He developed enzymatic and microbial routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic materials to sugars and their subsequent fermentation to ethanol for gasohol. His research on enzyme technology includes kinetics and mechanism of enzyme action in non-aqueous environments. His current research interests focus on Protein interactions, DNA Electrophoresis, and Mammalian Cell Metabolis.
His studies on metabolism and kinetics of bacterial, plant and hybridoma cells have been important in developing and optimizing large-scale processes. More recently, he has employed molecular thermodynamics to describe protein separations processes, including aqueous two-phase extraction and precipitation, hydrogel behavior and protein aggregation. He is the recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award (1996), The American Chemical Society Johnson Award (1995), and is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (1992), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004) and is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2005).