Neslihan Akdeniz

Neslihan Akdeniz
Neslihan Akdeniz
Clinical Assistant Professor
(217) 300-2644
332 E Agricultural Engr Sciences Bld

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  • PhD, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, 2008
  • MS, Food Engineering, METU, 2004
  • BS, Food Engineering, Ankara University, 2002

Academic Positions

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, 2017-present
  •  Chemistry Instructor, 2014-2017
  •  Research Associate, 2008-2014
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 2005-2008

Professional Registrations

  • American Society of Agronomy, 2021
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2012
  • Alpha Epsilon, The Honor Society of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering, 2008

Other Professional Activities

  • My graduate students conduct field-scale studies. They say "there is nothing like being able to reflect on what they observe in the field." I require all my students to produce publication quality research and I encourage them to take the lead in running their experiments and publishing their work. I strongly encourage them to present the results of their research at national and international conferences. I believe it is critical to have these opportunities for their professional development. I also make every attempt to include my students in my extension program to enhance their employment opportunities.

Student Organizations

  • ASABE student branch at UIUC, academic advisor, 2018-current

Research Interests

  • Livestock and poultry environments
  • Solid waste management and nutrient utilization
  • Air quality measurements and greenhouse gas mitigation measures
  • Diseased animal tissue containment strategies
  • Animal heat stress and management practices

Selected Articles in Journals

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  • 1. Costa, T., N. Akdeniz*. 2021. Airflow characteristics of animal mortality composting systems. Journal of the ASABE, 65(1): 23-30.
  • 2. Mao, Y., N. Akdeniz, T.H. Nguyen. 2021. Quantification of pathogens and antibiotic-resistant genes in the backyard and commercial composts. Science of the Total Environment, 797, 149197. 
  • 3. Akdeniz*, N., S. Yi. 2021. The feasibility of alkaline hydrolysis of swine mortalities at ambient conditions and using the hydrolysates to hydroponically grow lettuce. Transactions of the ASABE 64(1): 73-82.  
  • 4. Costa, T., N. Akdeniz*, R.S. Gates, J.F. Lowe, Z. Zhang. 2021. Testing the plastic-wrapped composting system to dispose of swine mortalities during an animal disease outbreak. Journal of Environmental Quality, 1-12.
  • 5. Wang, Y., N. Akdeniz*, S. Yi. 2021. Biochar-amended poultry mortality composting to increase compost temperatures, reduce ammonia emissions, and decrease leachate's chemical oxygen demand. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 315, 107451.  
  • 6. Li, J., N. Akdeniz, H.H.M. Kim, R.S. Gates, K. Wang, X. Wang. 2021. Quantification of sustainable animal manure utilization strategies in Hangzhou, China. Agricultural Systems, 191: 103150.
  • 7. Li, J., N. Akdeniz, H.H.M. Kim, R.S. Gates, K. Wang, X. Wang. 2021. Optimal manure utilization chain for distributed animal farms: model development and a case study in Hangzhou, China. Agricultural Systems, 187: 102996.
  • 8. Wang, Y., M.B. Villamil, P.C. Davidson, N. Akdeniz*. 2019. A quantitative understanding of the role of co-composted biochar in plant growth using meta-analysis. Science of the Total Environment, 685: 741-752.
  • 9. Costa, T., N. Akdeniz*. 2019. A review of the animal disease outbreaks and biosecure animal mortality composting systems. Waste Management, 90: 121-131.
  • 10. Akdeniz*, N. 2019. A systematic review of biochar use in animal waste composting. Waste Management, 88: 291-300.
  • 11. Akdeniz, N., K.A. Janni, B.P. Hetchler. 2016. Mitigation of multiple air emissions from swine buildings using corn cob biofilters. Transactions of the ASABE, 59(5): 1413-1420.
  • 12. Glanville, T.D., H.K. Ahn, N. Akdeniz, B.P. Crawford, J.A. Koziel. 2016. Performance of a plastic-wrapped composting system for biosecure emergency disposal of disease-related swine mortalities. Waste Management, 48(2): 483-491.
  • 13. Cai, L., J.A. Koziel, S. Zhang, A.J. Heber, E.L. Cortus, D.B. Parker, S.J. Hoff, G. Sun, K.Y. Heathcote, L.D. Jacobson, N. Akdeniz, B.P. Hetchler, S.D. Bereznicki, E.A. Caraway, T.T. Lim. 2015. Odor and chemical emissions from dairy and swine facilities: Part 3-Chemical emissions. Transactions of the ASABE, 58(5): 1333-1347. Received 2016 ASABE Superior Paper Award.
  • 14. Zhang, S., J.A. Koziel, L. Cai, S.F. Hoff, K.Y. Heathcote, L. Chen, L.D. Jacobson, N. Akdeniz, B.P. Hetchler, D.B. Parker, E.A. Caraway, A.J. Heber, S.D. Bereznicki. 2015. Part 5-Simultaneous chemical and sensory analysis with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry- olfactometry. Transactions of the ASABE, 58(5): 1349-1359.

Improvement Activities

  • Finding and Engaging with Funding Sources, CoE, Spring 2019
  • Teaching and Learning Academy, College of ACES, Fall 2018
  • Faculty Success Program Bootcamp, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), Summer 2018
  • Research Academy, College of ACES, Spring 2018

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