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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 Publications
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

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.