“we study the chemistry of natural materials for the design, manufacturing, and engineering of the built environment”

Our goal is to construct a sustainable future with the design of renewable building blocks harvested from nature. In so doing we attempt to make significant contributions in the field of sustainable and non-toxic materials, while training the highest quality student researchers. We ask interesting questions about how to deconstruct and reassemble biomass and capture the essence of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in making functional materials. The research program provides increased value to the forest products and agricultural industries through differentiation of biomass into new products, like bioplastics, films, and high performance carbon fibers, while reducing dependence on fossil-based carbon for materials.