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Research Objectives

1. Create designer lignin through strategic inter-jurisdictional collaboration, the expansion of research capacity and mentoring early career faculty.
2. Establish links between designer lignin construction and depolymerization with the goal of directing deconstruction of natural lignin to desired chemical profiles.
3. Manipulate the interfacial surface properties using lignin bead chemistry to advance the science of lignin-based products for advanced material applications.


 

Research and Publications

Publishing the valuable research findings of our team members is a vital part of sharing innovations with others. Listed below are published articles and presentations sponsored by NSF EPSCoR R2 Track II, Award No. OIA1632854.

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Liu, E., Das, L., Zhao, B., Crocker, M. & Shi, J. (2017). Impact of dilute sulfuric acid,
ammonium hydroxide, and Ionic liquid pretreatments on the fractionation and characterization of engineered switchgrass. Bioenergy Research, 10(4), 1079-1093. Doi:  10.1007/s12155-017-9868-x. 

Das, L., Liua, E., Saeeda, A., Williams, D. W., Hud, H., Lid,C. Rayd, A. E., & Shi, J. (2017). Industrial hemp as 
a potential bioenergy crop in comparison with kenaf, switchgrass and biomass sorghum. Bioresource Technology, 244(1), 641-649. Doi:  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.08.008. 

Das, L, Xu, S., & Shi, J. (2017). Catalytic oxidation and depolymerization of 
lignin in aqueous ionic liquid. Frontiers in Energy Research, 5(21), 1-12. Doi:  10.3389/fenrg.2017.00021

Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations
Belgodere, J., Zamin, S., & Jung, J. (2017, October). Modulating mechanical properties of extracellular matrix composites via lignin incorporation. Poster presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.

Note:  Bolded name indicates poster presenter.

 

Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference Posters

Asare, S. O., Kamali, P., & Lynn, B. C. (2017, August). Synthesis and characterization of b-o-4 dimeric 
lignin model compounds using TANDEM mass spectrometry. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Belgodere, J., Zamin, S. A., Hamel, K. M., Rome, C. P. & Jung, J. P. (2017, August). Modulating mechanical 
properties of natural ECM composites via lignin incorporation. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Byrne, E., Martin, E., & Sabliov, C. (2017, August). In Vitro Analysis of Coniferyl Alcohol, Sinapyl Alcohol, 
and HG Dimer on ER+ and ER- Cell Lines. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Das, L., Liu, E., Saeeda, A., Williams, D. W., Hu, H., Li,C. Ray, A. E., & Shi, J. (2017, August). Will hemp 
become the next big Kentucky crop? Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Das, L., Xu, S., & Shi, J. (2017, August). Catalytic oxidation and depolymerization of lignin in aqueous 
ionic liquid. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Ellison, C., & Bolder, D. (2017, August). Microwave Pyrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass in a Waveguide 
Applicator for the Production of Biofuel. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Kamali, P., Asare, S. O., & Lynn, B. C. (2017, August). Identification of an unusual
by-product observed in lignin precursor synthesis. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Moradipour, M., Fetsko, A., Khan, M. A., Knutson, B., & Rankin, S. (2017, August). Interfacial interactions 
of lignin dimer. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky 
Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Stevens, J., Liu, E., Das, L, & Shi, J. (2017, August). Exploring biocatalysis of laccase in ionic liquids for 
selective lignin decomposition. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky 
Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

Tong, X., Novak, B., & Moldovan, D. (2017, August). Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies of 
Interaction of Lignols with Lipid Bilayers. Poster session presented at the annual Louisiana and Kentucky Interjurisdictional Conference, Frankfort, KY.  

*Bolded name indicates poster presenter.