Biography and Research
Jeff Byars has worked as a Research Chemical Engineer at ARS in Peoria since 1999. After receiving his BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a member of a team of scientists that conducts research on the projects “Improved Utilization of Whole Pulses, Pulse Fractions, and Pulse Byproducts for Health-Promoting Food Ingredients and Biobased Products” and “Innovative Processes and Technologies for Comprehensive Utilization of Underutilized Crops and Their Byproducts for Health Promoting Foods and Biobased Products”. The goals of this research are to convert pulses, oilseed press cakes and ancient grains into value-added products and to improve health benefits of functional foods. These objectives are accomplished by developing processing methods to separate and improve fractions of the feedstocks to obtain new materials and food ingredients, and developing improved food applications with enhanced nutritional functional properties.