Lignin Research

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Stephen C. Chmely
Research Assistant Professor
Biomass conversion technologies

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products



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Center for Renewable Carbon 
AgResearchers at UT are developing ways of converting renewable carbon sources from plants into fuels and other products


Recent Publications

Lignin Isolation Methodology for Biorefining, Pretreatment and Analysis.  Bozell, J. J., S. C. Chmely, W. Hartwig, R. Key, N. Labbe, P. Venugopa, and E. Zuleta.  2017.  Energy and Environment Series No. 19; Lignin Valorization: Emerging Approaches.

Field grown transgenic switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) with altered lignin does not affect soil chemistry, microbiology and carbon storage potential DeBruyn, J. M., D. A. Bevard, M. E. Essington, J. Y. McKnight, S. M. Schaeffer, H. Baxter, M. Mazarei, D. G. J. Mann, R. A. Dixon, F. Chen, C. Zhou, Z. Y. Wang, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2017.  Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 9:11001109.

Lignin-coated cellulose nanocrystal filled methacrylate composites prepared via 3D stereolithography printing: Mechanical reinforcement and thermal stabilization Feng, X., Z. Yang, S. C. Chmely, Q. Wang, S. Wang, and Y. Xie.  2017.  Carbohydrate Polymers, 169:272-281.

Processing-property-structure relationships of carbonaceous materials derived from renewable lignin products.  Garcia-Negron, V.i  2017.  M.S. Thesis.

Processing-Structure-Property Relationships for Lignin-based Carbonaceous Materials used in Energy Storage Applications Garcia-Negron, V.i, N. Phillip, D. Wood, C. Daniel, J. Li, D. J. Keffer, O. Rios, and D. P. Harper.  2017.  Energy Technology.

Melt Extrusion of Lignin Carbon-fiber Precursors: The Path Forward for Low-cost Fibers or Unrealizable Dream?.  Harper, D. P., and O. Hosseinaei.  2017.  Conference, 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and &Exposition. April 2 6, 2017, San Francisco, CA.

Processing Structure Relationships for the Use of Lignin-Based Carbons in Energy Storage Applications.  Harper, D. P., V. Garcia-Negron, D. Kizzire, O. Rios, and D. J. Keffer.  2017.  Conference, 2017 MRS Fall Meeting. November 26 December 1, 2017, Boston, MA.

Use of targeting motifs to improve oxidative catalytic breakdown of lignin in whole and fractionated biomass.  Hartwig, W., and J. J. Bozell.  2017.  2017 ACS Spring National Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Improving processing and performance of pure lignin carbon fibers through hardwood and herbaceous lignin blends Hoseinaei, O., D. P. Harper, J. J. Bozell, and T. G. Rials.  2017.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Facile preparation of a robust and durable superhydrophobic coating using lignin-coated cellulose nanocrystal particles Huang, J., S. Wang, and S. Lyu.  2017.  Materials, 10, 1080.

Beneficial effects of Trametes versicolor pretreatment on saccharification and lignin enrichment of organosolv-pretreated pinewood.  Kandhola, G., K. Rajan, N. Labbe, S. C. Chmely, N. Heringer, J. W. Kim, E. E. Hood, and D. J. Carrier.  2017.  RSC Advances, 7, 45652 - 45661.

Development of novel nitrogenous base-tethered cobalt-Schiff base complexes for the selective catalytic cleavage of lignin.  Key, R. E, and J. J. Bozell.  2017.  253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, CA USA.