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Chemical Engineering

Brian Tande | Associate Professor

Photo of Brian TandePh.D., 2002 - University of Delaware
Chemical Engineering
B.S., 1998 - University of Minnesota
B.S., 1998 - University of Minnesota

Chemical Engineering

Contact Information
1011 Durland Hall

Professional Experience
Brian Tande received bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1998 and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2002. Tande came to K-State in July 2017 after eleven years at the University of North Dakota, where he served as the Chemical Engineering Department Chair for four years. While at UND, Tande also served as the director of the Jodsaas Center for Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship as well as a Faculty Fellow in the School of Entrepreneurship. He was also the founding director of UND’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program. Prior to UND, Tande spent several years in research and management roles in the plastics and composites industry. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and conducts training in engineering statistics and design of experiments methods for corporate clients.

Tande’s research career has focused on developing novel applications of polymers, coatings, and composites, especially those involving interactions between polymeric surfaces, light, and microbes. At K-State, his work will build upon his previous research in ultraviolet disinfection for the prevention of healthcare associated infections and will extend that work into the area of food safety and biodefense. In particular, this work seeks to optimize the effectiveness of UV disinfection in these applications by improving material selection, disinfection protocols, and facility design. His work has led to the development of novel materials that enhance UVGI by diffusely scattering germicidal light throughout a three-dimensional space. Clinical studies of these materials have shown that they significantly improve the disinfection of common hospital pathogens, such as MRSA and C. diff. Future efforts will focus on further enhancing disinfection using photocatalytic surfaces and other antimicrobial approaches. This work is also guided by computer graphics-based simulation tools that predict UV light intensity on 3D surfaces and help to optimize UVGI protocols, ensure that critical surfaces are adequately disinfected, and improve the design of these facilities.

Academic Highlights
Tande has co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed publications and conference proceedings. He is an inventor on 9 issued patents as well as several pending patent applications. His work has been funded by the USDA, NASA, NSF, DOE, and private industry. He has advised or co-advised 8 master's and 4 doctorate students.

He is the co-founder of two companies which have successfully commercialized and licensed new coatings technologies. This includes a specialty coating system for hunting products, as well as a novel infection control product currently in use by hospitals nationwide.

At the University of North Dakota, Tande received the North Dakota Faculty Spirit Achievement Award in 2010 and was named Outstanding Professor of the Year in the College of Engineering and Mines for the 2009-2010 academic year.