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Jan 2020: Selected as one of the 33 NSF EPSCoR Research Fellow awardees national wide, Dr. Shi and his students will visit and conduct collaborative research with the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the next two years. This project aims to elucidate enzyme-ionic liquid interactions to enable effective lignin valorization”.  Details...


Dec 2019: A Spotlights article about Joe Stevens, a PhD candidate in Shi Lab. He recently returned from France, where he spent nine months as a researcher thanks to a Chauteaubriand Fellowship. The article interviewed Joe to hear what it's like to do high-level research in another country, what places he visited and whether he enjoyed French cuisine.  Joe is the recipient of the 2019 departmental Outstanding Graduate Student. Details...

Dec 2019: Congratulate Wenqi Li for successfully defending his dissertation and receiving his Ph.D. degree. His research is about "Lignin-derived carbon and nanocomposite materials for energy storage applications​"​. Wenqi is the first PhD out of the Shi Lab and a pride of his advisory committee (Drs. Nokes, Montross, Cheng, Conners and Shi) Details...

Nov 2019: Check on Joe Stevens' recent research article "Understanding laccase-ionic liquid interactions toward biocatalytic lignin conversion in aqueous ionic liquids" appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering [Link]

Oct 2019: Joe Stevens is one of two students attending the National Supercomputing Conference in Denver next month after winning a free trip during the 3rd annual Commonwealth Computational Summit, sponsored by UK’s Center for Computational Science. His poster submission presented work he did with the modeling group at Toulouse Biotechnology Institute during his recently concluded Chateaubriand Fellowship in Toulouse, France.​ Details... 

Oct 2019: The Shi Lab was selected to receive a $2M grant (including cost-share) from U.S. Department of Energy to investigate sulfur profiling in pine residues and its impact on thermochemical conversion. The project is led by University of Kentucky with partners ​at Idaho National Laboratory, Kansas State University, Red Rock Biofuels, and Mississippi State University.  Details... 

Sept 2019: Jameson Hunter​ received a NSF travel grant for him to attend and present a poster at the Global Symposium on Waste Plastic​, an AIChE conference.

Aug 2019: Ryan Kalinoski placed in the ASABE Oral/Poster Competition within the ES & ESH technical community for his work entitled, “Antimicrobial Properties of Lignin Derivatives from Thermochemical Depolymerization,” presented during ASABE annual meeting in Boston.

Aug 2019: Shi Lab welcomes new MS student Jameson Hunter and new PhD student Yuxuan Zhang 

Aug 2019: Summer Intern Jeremy Kimbrough (second from left), a pre-mechanical engineering undergraduate from Kentucky State University (KSU), worked with Jian Shi (far right) and Ryan Kalinoski (far left) this summer in the BAE Department. Dr. Kazi Javed (third from left), is Jeremy’s KSU advisor.

Aug 2019: Snapshot of Abby Olayeye, a BAE junior, recipient of KY NSF EPSCoR research scholar. Abby has worked on converting food waste to lipo-chitooligosaccharides as biofertilizer in Dr. Shi's lab since summer 2018. Details... 

Aug 2019: Check on Joe Stevens' recent review article "Biocatalysis in ionic liquids for lignin valorization: Opportunities and recent developments" appearing in Biotechnology Advances [Link]

Aug 2019: Check the two new publications with our LSU collaborators on modulating mechanical properties of collagen–lignin composites appearing in ACS Applied Bio Materials as a supplementary cover article [Link] and on rapid microwave-assisted biomass delignification and lignin depolymerization in deep eutectic solvents appearing in Energy Conversion and Management [Link].

March 2019: Congratulations to Kristian Bolden and Jonathan Lott, high school seniors from Carter G. Woodson Academy, Lexington on taking second place in the Environmental Engineering Category at the State Science Fair. Their research is on "comparing biomass derived antioxidant with a customized pulsed Ultraviolet (UV) system to extend the shelf life of strawberries" co-hosted by Drs. Bode and Shi's labs.

Feb 2019: Check our new publication on sequential extraction and characterization of lignin derived compounds from thermochemically processed biorefinery lignins appearing in Energy and Fuels [Link]

Feb 2019: Makua, Wenqi and Ryan had drawn a crowd by demonstrating their lignin based carbon and hydrogel material projects at the UKY Engineering Day (E-day)… >>Details

Jan 2019: Shi Lab part of the UK Sustainability Challenge grant to convert Kentucky’s bourbon industry residues (corn stover and spent grains) to value-added products… >>Details

Jan 2019: Check our new publication on antimicrobial hydrogels derived from lignocellulosic biomass appearing in Industrial Crops and Products  >>Details

Jan 2019: Shi Lab welcomes new MS student Makua Vin-Nnajiofor (joined spring 2019) and new PhD student Can Liu (joined fall 2018)


Dec 2018: Check our new publication on fractionation and characterization of lignin streams from unique high-lignin content endocarp feedstocks appearing in Biotechnology for Biofuels  >>Details

Nov 2018: Wenqi Li, Joe Stevens and Ryan Kalinoski from Shi Lab presented talks at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting at Pittsburg, PA  >>Details

Nov 2018: Check our new publication on linking lignin source with structural and electrochemical properties of lignin-derived carbon materials appearing in RSC Advances  >>Details

Oct 2018: Shi Lab welcomes Kristian Bolden and Jonathan Lott, both high school seniors from Carter G. Woodson Academy, Lexington. Kristian and Jonathan will work on antioxidant fermentation from cellulosic biomass and explore its application to extend produce shelf-lifeThe team will then compare application of biomass derived antioxidant with a customized pulsed Ultraviolet (UV) system to treat fruits and vegetables, a device previously built in Dr. Bode's Lab.

Sept 2018: Abby Olaleye received a KY NSF EPSCoR Research Scholars Program (RSP) Award to investigate new ways to produce crop yield enhancer/bio-fertilizer from food wastes. The award also supports her travel to a professional conference. 

Aug 2018: Joe Stevens received a prestigious Chateaubriand/MOPGA fellowship (one of the 30 recipients nationwide). The fellowship will sponsor his 9-month research project at the Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés (LISBP), French National Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA)  >>Details

July 2018: Ryan Kalinosi and Wenqi Li won 1st and 2nd place Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award under PhD category. This award recognizes excellence in graduate student research, which is honored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).  >>Details

July 2018: Wenqi Li, Ryan Kalinoski and Sandra Lee from Shi Lab presented talks and posters at the 2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting at Detroit, MI  >>Details

June 2018: Check our new publication on catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis of deep eutectic solvent extracted sorghum lignin to phenolic compounds appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering  >>Details

June 2018: Shi Lab welcomes UG summer interns: Alex Espinosa, Truc Nguyen, Abby Olaleye, and Jameson Hunter. 

May 2018: Shi Lab received a $500k grant from USDA-NIFA to develop lignin-silicon nanocomposite materials for next generation batteries >>Details

May 2018: Luke Dodge (the second Shi Lab graduate), earned a M.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering. Congratulations! >>Details

April 2018: Chemical Engineering Sophomores David Jenkins and Andrew Lin conducted research at Shi lab and presented a poster of their research findings at the 2018 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars >>Details

April 2018: Check our new publication on lignin fractionation and characterization from engineered switchgrass treated by an aqueous ionic liquid​ appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering  >>Details

April 2018: Members from Shi Lab presented talks and posters at the 40th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals at Clearwater, FL.

March 2018: Makua Vin-Nnajiofor and Luke Dodge presented posters at the 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.

March 2018: Check out a video clip on YouTube featuring our lignin research. >> Details

March 2018: Members from Shi Lab attended the 2018 KY-LSU EPSCoR Track II 2nd Annual Joint Conference and toured LSU/Ag center at Barton Rouge, LA.

Feb 2018: Joe Stevens, Ryan Kalinoski, Makua Vin-Nnajiofor, Wenqi Li and Lalitendu Das presented posters at the Super Collider Conference organized by KY NSF EPSCoR.  >>Details


Dec 2017:  Joe Stevens and Wenqi Li participated 7th Annual Sustainability Forum at UKY.

Nov 2017: Members from Shi Lab presented talks at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting at Minneapolis, MN.

Nov 2017:  Members from Shi Lab presented an invited talk on IL-based lignin biocatalysis at the 2017 American Chemical Society Southeastern Regional Meeting at Charlotte, NC.

Sept 2017:  Makua Vin-Nnajiofor received a KY NSF EPSCoR Research Scholars Program (RSP) Award to investigate new ways to produce high-value carotenoids from biorefinery waste streams.

Aug 2017: Check our new publication for a comparative study of ionic liquid, dilute acid, and ammonium hydroxide pretreatment of engineered switchgrass appearing in BioEnergy Research  >>Details

Aug 2017: Members from Shi Lab attended the 2017 KY-LSU EPSCoR Track II First Annual Joint Conference and toured Buffalo Trace Distillery at Frankfort, KY.

Aug 2017: Shi Lab received a grant from Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) to develop bioderived lipo-chitooligosaccharide (LCO) as crop yield enhancer from sweet sorghum bagasse >>Details

Aug 2017: Check our new publication for a combined experimental, agronomic and economic analysis of industrial hemp based fuels and bioproducts on Bioresource Technology  >>Details

July 2017: Wenqi Li, Ryan Kalinoski and Lalitendu Das from Shi Lab presented talks and posters at the 2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting at Spokane, WA  >>Details

July 2017: Check our new publication about lignin catalysis in ionic liquid on Frontier in Energy Research.  >>Details

June 2017: Joe Stevens won a pechakucha presentation challenge, that earned him the opportunity to travel to Missoula to compete against other students at the National EPSCoR Conference!  >>Details

May 2017: Members from Shi Lab presented talks and posters at the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE3) workshop at Louisville, KY  >>Details

May 2017: Enshi Liu, the first Shi Lab graduate, earned a M.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering. Congratulations!  >>Details

May 2017: Members from Shi Lab presented talks and posters at the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals at San Francisco, CA 

Feb 2017: Ulalo Chirwa, Enshi Liu, and Lalitendu Das won Best Poster Awards at the Super Collider Conference organized by KY NSF EPSCoR.  >>Details

Jan 2017: Read a recent blog entry "Finding a sustainable way to produce fuels and chemicals from plants" featuring Enshi Liu's research experiences as a graduate student at BAE department.


Dec 2016: Areej Saeed won the 2016 Oswald Research and Creativity Competition for undergraduates, 2nd place under Physical and Engineering Sciences category.  >>Details

Nov 2016: Enshi Liu received 2nd place poster award at 2016 Frontiers in Biorefining Conference.    >>Details

Oct 2016: Enshi Liu received travel award sponsored by NSF to present his research at 2016 Frontiers in Biorefining Conference.  >>Details

Sept 2016: Check out our new publication about cellulase/substrate interactions on Biotechnology & Bioengineering>>Details

Sept 2016: Shi Lab part of a $4M NSF grant to study lignin based chemicals and materials for applications in food, energy and water systems… >>Details

Aug 2016: Welcome new graduate students!  >>Details

July 2016: Check out our new publication about lignin deconstruction on Green Chemistry as back cover…>>Details

July 2016: Sandra Lee joined as visiting students from Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences.

July 2016: Xiao Chen and Siquan Xu joined as visiting students from Nanjing Forestry University and Henan Agricultural University.

June 2016: Ulalo Chirwa received a Kentucky NSF EPSCoR Research Scholars Award to investigate ways to produce biocontrol agents from cheap, renewable resources… >>Details

March 2016: Areej Saeed joined as undergraduate intern. She will work on hemp based biofuels.

 

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