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Art RagauskasArthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, the International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI. His research program at Georgia Institute of Technology saught to understand and exploit innovative sustainable bioresources. This multifaceted program was targeted to develop new and improved applications for nature’s premiere renewable biopolymers for biomaterials, biofuels, biopower, and bio-based chemicals.

His research program has been sponsored by NSF, USDA, DOE, GA Traditional Industry Program, a consortium of industry partners, and several fellowship programs. His Fulbright sponsored activities at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden were focused on the forest biorefinery and new biofuel conversion technologies for lignocellulosics.

Ragauskas managed a research group of more than twenty-seven graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, a research scientist, and visiting scientists. He has collaborative research projects with several GA Tech faculty and was the GA Tech team leader for Biological Energy Science Center (BESC) research efforts and team leader for an industrial consortium program titled Black Liquor Hemicellulose Recovery and Utilization.

In 2014, Ragauskas assumed the Governor’s Chair in Biorefining at Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Center for Renewable Carbon, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries; The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL. His research program is directed at understanding and exploiting innovative sustainable bioresources for the circular economy. This multifaceted program is targeted to develop new and improved applications for nature’s premiere renewable biopolymers for biofuels, biopower, and bio-based materials and chemicals.

His students have won several awards, including the ACS graduate research award Ragauskas is an Associate Editor/Editor for Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining; Biofuels; BioEnergy Research; Industrial Biotechnology; Taiwan Journal of Forest Service; TAPPI J.; Industrial Biotechnology; Holzforschung; Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy; Journal of Petroleum Technology and Alternative Fuels; The Open Biotechnology Journal; Current Biotechnology; and J. Wood Chemistry and Technology.

He is an editorial board member of Sustainability and Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. and International Advisory Board for ChemSusChem.

Ragauskas has served on several advisory boards and review panels including: Austrian Science Fund, European Commission Research Directorate, National Science Academy, J. Paul Getty Trust, NSF, USDA, DOE, ARAP-E, NSERC, BARD, FIRST, TAPPI Research Management Committee, Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education Lithuania, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Swedish VINN Excellence Center, Swedish Knowledge Foundation, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, ERA Chemistry, Swiss National Science Foundation, Finnish Academy of Science Norway Research Council, The Technology Foundation STW, Agence Nationale de la Recherche and Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Ragauskas has been an invited visiting professor at Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; Royal Institute of Technology, STFi, Stockholm, Sweden; Southeast University, Nanjing, and South China University of Technology, China.

Teaching Accomplishments

Ragauskas taught and developed several courses while at the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at GA Tech, including:


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