Students

Hannah Akinosho

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
January, 2013
Completion Date
May, 2016
Research Focus
Biorefining
Thesis Topic
Fundamental Analysis of Woody Plant Cell Components and their Utilization
Advisors
Art Ragauskas

Manali Banerjee

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
September, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2020
Research Focus
Nanocellulose for Pharmaceutical Applications
Advisors
Blair Brettmann

Bedi Aydin Baykal

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2013
Completion Date
August, 2017
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Evaporator Erosion-Corrosion and Mechanical Effects
Advisors
Preet Singh

Brian Beatty

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
September, 2013
Completion Date
April, 2017
Research Focus
New Materials
Thesis Topic
Application of Cellulosic Materials as Flexible Substrates for Two-Dimensional Electronic Heterostructure Devices
Advisors
Eric Vogel
Meisha Shofner

Mark Cannatelli

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
July, 2013
Completion Date
December, 2016
Research Focus
New Products
Thesis Topic
Applications of Laccases in Green Chemistry
Advisors
Art Ragauskas

Huibin Chang

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2013
Completion Date
August, 2017
Research Focus
New Materials or Products
Thesis Topic
Carbon Fibers from Polyacrylonitrile (PAN)/Cellulose Nano Crystals (CNC
Advisors
Satish Kumar

Leo Ya-Dong Chiang

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
September, 2016
Completion Date
June, 2020
Research Focus
Biorefining
Thesis Topic
Advanced Porous Materials and Processes for Biorefinery Separations
Advisors
Sankar Nair
Ryan Lively

Mason Chilmonczyk

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
May, 2018
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Advisors
Andrei G. Fedorov

Xiaotang Du

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
October, 2012
Completion Date
December, 2016
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Novel Technology for Microstickies, Fatty Acids and Residual Ink Removal in Waste Stream
Advisors
Jeff Hsieh

Xu Du

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2013
Completion Date
December, 2018
Research Focus
New Materials or Products
Thesis Topic
Lignin Based Green Polyurethanes from 100% Sustainable Natural Materials
Advisors
Yulin Deng

Michael Dutzer

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
January, 2013
Completion Date
May, 2017
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Low-Cost Carbide-Derived Carbons for Absorptive Removal of VOCs from Air Streams
Advisors
Krista Walton

Nathan Ellebracht

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
September, 2019
Research Focus
New Materials or Products
Thesis Topic
Nanocellulose-based Cooperative Chemocatalysts for Conversion of Biomass-derived Furans to Fuels
Advisors
Christopher Jones

Scott Essenmacher

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
December, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2020
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Removal of Particulate Contaminants from Process Effluents by “Affinity Flotation” 
Advisors
Sven Behrens
Carson Meredith

Craig Hamel

Degree Program
ME PhD
As of Date
August, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2020
Research Focus
New Materials
Thesis Topic
TBA
Advisors
Jerry Qi
Yulin Deng

Kasey Hanson

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2015
Completion Date
May, 2019
Research Focus
Operational Excellence - Manufacturing Cost
Thesis Topic
Corrosion Control in Superheaters to Increase Kraft Recovery Boiler Efficiency
Advisors
Preet Singh

Ejaz Haque

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
November, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2021
Research Focus
Lightweighting of Composites with Cellulosic Nanomaterials
Thesis Topic
Nanocellulose as reinforcement: An approach towards light-weighting of polymer composites
Advisors
Kyriaki Kalaitzidou
Robert Moon

Liang He

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
May, 2018
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Corrosion Behavior of New Lean Duplex Stainless Steels in Paper Machine
Advisors
Preet Singh

Chad Hume

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2013
Completion Date
May, 2017
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Hole Design and Manufacture for Press Fabric Layers to Improve Dewatering
Advisors
Dave Rosen

Cameron Irvin

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2015
Completion Date
May, 2019
Research Focus
New Materials or Products (other than in the traditional forest products industries)
Thesis Topic
Design of Natural Nanofiber Composites: An Integrated Approach to Control Barrier and Mechanical Properties of Cellulose- and Chitin-Based Nanomaterials
Advisors
Meisha Shofner

Lu Jiang

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
September, 2013
Completion Date
May, 2017
Research Focus
New Products
Thesis Topic
Scalable Technologies to Control Liquid Wetting and Adhesion on Paper Substrates
Advisors
Dennis Hess
Victor Breedveld

Nicholas Kruyer

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
December, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2021
Research Focus
New Products
Thesis Topic
Microbial Production of Adipic Acid from Catechol
Advisors
Pamela Peralta-Yahya
Andreas Bommarius

Thomas Kwok

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
May, 2019
Research Focus
New Materials or Products
Thesis Topic
Process Systems Engineering of Novel Mild Chemical Pretreatment Options of Lignocellulosics
Advisors
Andreas Bommarius
Matthew Realff

Augustus Lang

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
October, 2015
Completion Date
May, 2020
Research Focus
New Materials
Thesis Topic
Electrofunctional Paper Devices Based on Conjugated Polymer / Nanocellulose Composites
Advisors
John Reynolds

Hong Luc Le

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2015
Completion Date
August, 2020
Research Focus
Operational Excellence: Manufacturing Cost
Thesis Topic
Nanocellulose-Based Bio-nanocomposite
Advisors
Karl Jacob
Kyriaki Kalaitzidou, Carson Meredith

Vincent Lee

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2015
Completion Date
December, 2020
Research Focus
Operational Excellence - New Pulp and Paper Products
Thesis Topic
Analysis of Multiphase Forming Technology and Flow Characteristics in the Forming Section for Significant Reduction in Water and Energy in Paper Making
Advisors
Cyrus Aidun

Vincent Li

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
December, 2018
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
High Performance Barrier Coating Packages from Well Designed InkJet Printing Using Cellulose Nanocrystal-Polymer Composite
Advisors
Yulin Deng
Jerry Qi

Yi Li

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
September, 2016
Completion Date
July, 2021
Thesis Topic
Vapor phase modification for functional cellulose paper
Advisors
Mark D. Losego

Jianshan Liao

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
December, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2020
Research Focus
Operational Excellence - Quality Control
Thesis Topic
Rheological Characterization of Nanocellulose for Metrology and Quality Control Research
Advisors
Victor Breedveld

Hsiang-Hao (Clive) Liu

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
October, 2012
Completion Date
May, 2016
Research Focus
Biomaterials
Thesis Topic
Novel Carbon Fibers and Films using Lignin and Carbon Nanotube Precursors
Advisors
Satish Kumar

Wei Liu

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
January, 2016
Completion Date
December, 2020
Research Focus
New materials or products (other than in the traditional forest products industries)
Thesis Topic
Novel In-Situ Surface Functionalization of Cellulose Nanomaterials and Their Application
Advisors
Yulin Deng

Yitao Liu

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2012
Completion Date
May, 2016
Research Focus
Manufacturing Systems
Thesis Topic
Optimal Resource Balancing and Factory Loading for Energy Cost Reduction in the Pulp and Paper Industry
Advisors
Roger Jiao

Jeffrey Luo

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
May, 2015
Completion Date
May, 2018
Research Focus
New Product Development
Thesis Topic
High Strength and High Modulus Fibers from Cellulose Nanocrystals
Advisors
Satish Kumar
Robert Moon

Arie Mulyadi

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2012
Completion Date
August, 2016
Research Focus
Biomaterials
Thesis Topic
Chemical Surface Modification of Nanocellulose
Advisors
Yulin Deng

Yoon Joo Na

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
October, 2014
Completion Date
August, 2018
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Strain Field Mining: The Key to Engineering the Strength and Fracture Toughness of Paper and Packaging Products
Advisors
Christopher Muhlstein

Matthew Orr

Degree Program
PhD
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
May, 2018
Research Focus
New Materials or Products
Thesis Topic
Tensegrity-Inspired Microsturctures for Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites in Food Packaging Applications
Advisors
Meisha Shofner

Dennis Oztekin

Degree Program
PhD
As of Date
September, 2014
Completion Date
December, 2018
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Advisors
Cyrus Aidun

Ke Qiu

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
December, 2014
Completion Date
December, 2018
Research Focus
New Materials or Products
Thesis Topic
Bio-Inspired, Ultra-Strong Biopolymer-Based Nanocomposites
Advisors
Karl I. Jacob

Bailey Risteen

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
May, 2019
Research Focus
New Materials or Products
Thesis Topic
Protein-Assisted Processing of Semiconducting Polymers for Flexible Electronics
Advisors
Elsa Reichmanis
Paul Russo

Chinmay Satam

Degree Program
PSA Grad
As of Date
October, 2015
Completion Date
August, 2019
Research Focus
New Materials or Products (other than in the traditional forest products industries)
Thesis Topic
Design of Natural Nanofiber Composites
Advisors
Carson Meredith

Nikolay Semenikhin

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
July, 2014
Completion Date
May, 2018
Research Focus
New Products and Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Rapid Reliable Optical Analysis of Cellulose Nanocrystal Morphology/Size
Advisors
Kenneth Sandhage
Robert Moon

Jungseob So

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
September, 2013
Completion Date
May, 2017
Research Focus
Biorefining
Thesis Topic
Production of Lactic Acid from Monosaccharides over Solid Catalysts
Advisors
David Sholl
Carsten Sievers

Michael Stellato

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
December, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2021
Research Focus
New Materials
Thesis Topic
Catalytic Conversion of Lignin Monomers to Phenol and Catechol
Advisors
Carsten Sievers
Andreas Bommarius

Allison Tolbert

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
January, 2013
Completion Date
December, 2016
Research Focus
Biofuels
Thesis Topic
Using Imaging Mass Spectrometry and Electron Microscopy to Characterize Biomass Surfaces
Advisors
Art Ragauskas

Andrew Tricker

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
December, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2021
Research Focus
Biorefining
Thesis Topic
Mechanocatalytic Depolymerization of Lignin
Advisors
Carsten Sievers
Matthew Realff

Shruti Venkatram

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
October, 2015
Completion Date
August, 2019
Research Focus
Operational Excellence - New Pulp and Paper Products
Thesis Topic
Bi-component, functional and eco-friendly textile fibers with synthetic polymers as the sheath and lignin as the core
Advisors
Satish Kumar

Songcheng Wang

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
December, 2019
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Advanced Froth Flotation for the Sseparation of Water-soluble and Mildly Hydrophobic Contaminants from Aqueous Pulps and Slurries
Advisors
Sven Behrens
Carson Meredith

Zhongzhan Wang

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
October, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2020
Research Focus
Concentration of Kraft Black Liquor
Thesis Topic
Concentration of Kraft Black Liquor by Graphene Oxide Membranes
Advisors
Sankar Nair
Meisha Shofner

Lisa Wiest

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
January, 2017
Completion Date
May, 2020
Research Focus
Biorefining Catalysis
Thesis Topic
Conversion of biomass-derived glucose to ethylene glycol
Advisors
Charles Liotta
Carsten Sievers

Gaoxiang Wu

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2014
Completion Date
December, 2018
Research Focus
Operational Excellence - Manufacturing Cost
Thesis Topic
Effect of Strain on Passivation and Corrosion Behavior of Duplex Stainless Steels
Advisors
Preet Singh

Jiwoo Yu

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2016
Completion Date
May, 2020
Research Focus
New Materials and Products
Thesis Topic
Low-Cost, Large-Scale Manufacturing of Multifunctional Porous Cellulose/Nanoparticle Microspheres for Water Treatment
Advisors
Zhiqun Lin

Yi Zhang

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2012
Completion Date
December, 2016
Research Focus
Biomaterials
Thesis Topic
High-Strength, Low-Weight Cellulosic Nanocomposites by Colloidal Assembly
Advisors
Sven Behrens
Carson Meredith

Zhe Zhang

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
November, 2012
Completion Date
September, 2016
Thesis Topic
Novel Fiber and Sheet Composites of Lignin and Cellulose
Advisors
Yulin Deng

Yuanzheng Zhu

Degree Program
PSE Grad
As of Date
August, 2013
Completion Date
August, 2017
Research Focus
Operational Excellence
Thesis Topic
Direct Analysis and Tracking of Crystal Formation in Black Liquor Evaporators
Advisors
Cyrus Aidun