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Visiting Undergraduate Student Researchers in Dr. Ragauskas' Lab

Student Degree and College
A. J. Cesternino B.Sc., GA State, Chemistry Department (1992)
V. Goel B.Sc., Emory University, Chemistry Department (2000)
D. Johnson B.Sc., Clark Atlanta University, Chemistry Department (1996)
S. Krizan Chemical Engineering, McMaster Engineering (2002)
C. Qui M.Sc., Clark Atlanta University, Chemistry Department (1994)
J. Szwec B.Sc., GA State, Chemistry Department (1993)


MS Graduate Supervising Activities

Student * Research Topic Graduation Date First Position
Peter M. Froass NMR Characterization of Kraft Lignin 1993 International Paper
Brian Boyer NMR Characterization of Ozonated Pulps 1993 Patent Lawyer
Eric J. Draheim Process Control NMR for the Characterization of Black Liquor Physical Properties 1994 Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Fadi Chakar Fundamental Investigations of Dimethyldioxirane 1995 Appleton Papers Inc.
Coray Harper Molecular Simulation of Cellulose 1995 Weyerhaeuser Company
Thomas Bales Biobleaching with Enzymes 1996 Procter Gamble Company
Asmeron Hagos Hexenuronic Acid Generation and Its Selective Hydrolysis
Clark Atlanta University
1998 GA Tech Ph.D. candidate
Magnus Melander,
Visiting Licentiate Student
Kungl Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden 1998-1999 Stora-Enso
John Werner Evaluation of the Intrinsic Metal Binding Capacity of Kraft Black Liquor Lignins 1999 Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Andrew Kulchin Peroxidase Treatment of BCTMP Fibers 2000 Samoa Pacific Cellulose
Daniel Johnston Fundamentals of Peroxide Bleaching 2001 UPM-Kymmene Group
Jason Montegna Fundamentals of Composite Board Formation 2002 Graduated
Kendric Nelson Fiber Crosslinking Technologies 2003 Graduated
W. Widiatmoko Fundamentals of Acacia Oxygen Delignification 2006 Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. (APRIL) 


PhD Graduate Supervising Activities

Student *
(Click on name to see photo page)
(Click on link for abstract)
Graduation Date First Position
Jung Seokwon Characterization Of Biomass By Imaging Mass Spectrometry 2013 NREL
Haoxi Ben Thermal Conversion Of Biomass And Biomass Components To Biofuels and Bio-Chemicals 2013 NREL
Amit Saxena Nanocomposites Based On Nanocellulose Whiskers 2013 Post-Doctoral research Fellow
Peter M. Froass Characterization of Residual Lignin in Kraft Pulps Paper 1997 International Paper
David Barzyk

The Impact of Acidic Group Content and Location on the Beating Bonding Characteristics of Holocellulose Softwood Pulp

1997 Georgia Pacific Company
Jim Sealey Fundamental Investigations into Oxidoreductase Enzymatic Bleaching Systems 1998 International Paper
Troy Runge The Chemistry of Alkaline Extraction Between Chlorine Dioxide Stages 1998 Kimberly Clark Corporation
Kaaren Haynes Effects of Laccase Mediator Delignification on Fiber Properties 1999 Hollingsworth & Vose, Co.
Michael Zawadzki

The Chemistry of Brightness Ceiling Development During ECF Bleaching

1999 Lorillard Tobacco Co.
Fadi S. Chakar

Fundamental Delignification Chemistry of High Lignin Content Pulps by Laccase-Mediator System

2000 Appleton Paper

Martin Lund -
visiting student

Enzymatic modification of softwood lignin and fibers

2001 Student - The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Chemistry Department, Denmark
Yunqiao Pu -
visiting student
Structure of Lignin During Pulping and Bleaching
South China University of Technology
2001 IPST - Postdoctoral Fellow
Richard Chandra Laccase Fiber Modification 2003 Paprican
Ana Retzlaff

Fundamentals of D/Z and Z/D Bleaching

2004 Appleton Ideas
Tom Dyer

Chromophore Chemistry of Kraft Pulping

2004 Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Kristina Knutson

Biobleaching of Recycled Mixed Office Waste Paper

2004 Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Lorraine C.
Vander Wielen

Corona Discharge-Initiated TMP Fiber Modification

2004 Appleton Ideas
Dongcheng Zhang

Influence of Oxygen Delignification on Fiber Charge

2006 Senior Chemical Engineer
Zheng Dang The Investigation of Carboxyl Groups of Pulp Fibers during Kraft Pulping, Alkaline Peroxide Bleaching, and TEMPO-mediated Oxidation 2007 American Process
Rob Lowe The Deformation Behavior of Wet Lignocellulosic Fibers 2007 Nalco Company
Cameron Thomson Probing the Nature of Cellulosic Fibre Interfaces with Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer 2007 Hollingsworth & Vose, Co.
Suteera Witayakran Laccase in Organic Synthesis and its ApplIcations 2008 Faculty Kasetsart University
Mate Nagy BioFuels from Lignin and Novel Biodiesel Analysis 2009 Hollingsworth & Vose, Co.
Bassem Hallac Fundamental Understanding Of The Biochemical Conversion Of Buddleja Davidii To Fermentable Sugars 2011 HCI Cleantech
Rajalaxmi Dash Synthesis And Characterization Of  Novel Cellulosics 2012 Kimberly Clark Corp
Zhoujian Hu Utilization of Switchgrass As A Biofuel Feedstock 2012 NCSU
Mátyás Kósa Direct and Multistep Conversion of Lignin to Biofuels 2012 Renmatix
Yang Li Applications of Cellulose Nanowhiskers and
Lignin In Preparation Of Rigid Polyurethane
Nanocomposite Foams
Lee Goetz Preparation and Analysis Of Crosslinked Lignocellulosic Fibers And Cellulose Nanowhiskers With Poly(Methyl-Vinyl Ether Co Maleic Acid) – Polyethylene Glycol to Create Novel Water Absorbing Materials 2012 Contact Technologies, Inc.


Georgia Tech Students at Present Being Supervised

Student Resumes Research Topic
Hannah Akinosho Resume Fundamentals of Biomass Recalcitrance
Mark Cannatelli Resume Synthetic Applications of Laccase
Fan Hu Resume Fundamentals of Coverting Cellulosics to Renwable Fuels
Mikhail Levit Resume Green Diesel from Lignocellulosics
Qining Sun Resume Fundamentals of Converting Lignocellulosics to Biofuels
Allison Tolbert Resume Biorefining Lignocellulosics
Tyrone Wells Resume Renewable Fuels from Woody Biomass
Meng Xianzhi   Fundamentals of Biomass Recalcitrance


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