Cellulosic Research

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David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology



Taking a Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy, 11/7/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016


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Renewable Carbon Tree Harvest 
Trees that we harvest can become our fuel, energy, and industrial products. Finding the best materials for this purpose is part of the mission for UT's Center for Renewable Carbon.


Recent Publications

Soil Organic Carbon Changes for Switchgrass Farms in East Tennessee, USA.  D. K. Toliver, B. C. English, D. D. Tyler, J. Lee, R. J. Menard, and J. C. Walton.  2018.  Soil Systems. [Abstract]

Relationship between lignocellulosic biomass dissolution and physicochemical properties of ionic liquids composed of 3-methylimidazolium cations and carboxylate anions Moyer, P., M. D. Smith, N. Abdoulmoumine, S. C. Chmely, J. C. Smith, L. Petridis, and N. Labbe.  2018.  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

Increasing the revenue from lignocellulosic biomass: Maximizing feedstock utilization Alonso, D. M., S. Hakim, S. Zhou, W. Won, O. Hosseinaei, J. Tao, V. Garcia-Negron, A. H. Motagamwala, M. A. Mellmer, K. Huang, C. J. Houtman, N. Labbe, D. P. Harper, C. Maravelias, T. Runge, and J. A. Domestic.  2017.  Science Advances, 3, 5, e1603301, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603301.

Using a chelating agent to generate low ash bioenergy feedstock Edmunds, C. W., C. Hamilton, K. Kim, S. C. Chmely, and N. Labbe.  2017.  Biomass and Bioenergy, 96:12-18. [Abstract]

Geospatial Economics of the Woody Biomass Supply in Kansas – A Case Study Khaliukova, O., D. Paull, S. Lewis-Gonzales, N. André, L. E. Biles, T. M. Young, and J. H. Purdue.  2017.  BioResources, 12(1):960-980. [Abstract]

The role of lignin in the performance of regenerating lignocellulosic materials.  Labbe, N., J. Wang, R. Boy, J. K. Keum, D. Cullen, J. Chen, D. P. Harper, L. Tetard, T. G. Rials, and A. K. Naskar.  2017.  America Chemical Society National Meeting, April 2-6, San Francisco, CA.

Biomass treatment strategies for thermochemical conversion Liu, Q., S. C. Chmely, and N. Abdoulmoumine.  2017.  Energy and Fuels, 31(4):3525-3536. [Abstract]

Catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis of organosolv lignin using B-containing FeNi alloyed catalysts Regmi, Y. N., J. K. Mann, J. R. McBride, J. Tao, C. E. Barnes, N. Labbe, and S. C. Chmely.  2017.  Catalysis Today, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.05.051. [Abstract]

Controlled assembly of lignocellulosic biomass components and properties of reformed materials Wang, J., R. Boy, N. A. Nguyen, J. Keum, D. Cullen, J. Chen, M. Soliman, K. C. Littrell, D. P. Harper, L. Tetard, T. G. Rials, A. K. Naskar, and N. Labbe.  2017.  ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

The TcEG-1 beetle (Tribolium castaneum) cellulase produced in transgenic switchgrass is active at alkaline pH and auto-hydrolyzes biomass for increased cellobiose release Willis, J. D., J. N. Grant, M. Mazarei, L. M. Kline, C. S. Rempe, A. G. Collins, G. B. Turner, S. R. Decker, R. W. Sykes, M. F. Davis, N. Labbe, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2017.  Biotechnology for Biofuels. [Abstract]

Retention and transport of cellulosic nanocrystals in soils.  Zhuang, J., X. J. Chen, S. Xu, M. A. Radosevich, and S. Wang.  2017.  Proceedings of ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, USA, October 22-25, 2017.

A Principal Component Analysis in Switchgrass Chemical Composition Aboytes, M., K. Castillo, T. E. Yu, C. Boyer, B. C. English, J. A. Larson, L. M. Kline, and N. Labbe.  2016.  Energies, 9, 913. [Abstract]