A National Science Foundation I/UCRC: Phase I


  • Nuria Acevedo


    Research Interests: Physicochemical and structural properties of foods, lipids, food nanotechnology, and material science in foods

    Nuria Acevedo
  • Xianglan Bai


    Research Interests: Thermochemical conversion of biomass (fast pyrolysis and solvolysis), utilization of waste materials, and biofuels and biobased products

    Xianglan Bai
  • John Beghin


    Research Interests: Agricultural economics, international trade, international economics, trade and the environment, policy analysis, obesity, food policy

    Nuria Acevedo
  • Robert Brown


    Research Interests: Gasification and fast pyrolysis of biomass; biorenewable resources; biofuels and biopower; fluidized beds; and hot gas cleaning

    Robert Brown
  • Eric Cochran (Deputy Director)


    Research Interests: Synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous block copolymers and polymer nanocomposites for applications ranging from asphalt modification to adhesives to directed self-assembly for photolithographic masks

    Eric Cochran
  • Matthew Darr


    Research Interests: The use of embedded systems and advanced instrumentation to enhance the efficiency, productivity, and control capacity of agricultural systems including those for food, fiber, and energy production

    Matthew Darr
  • Vinay Dayal


    Research Interests: Composite materials evaluation, ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of composites, experimental structural design and finite element analysis, and experimental mechanics

    Matthew Darr
  • William Graves


    Research Interests: Biology of rare woody plants

    William Graves
  • David Grewell (Center Director)


    Research Interests: Developing soy and corn-based protein plastics as well as developing and characterizing processing techniques

    David Grewell
  • Peter Gudlewski


    Negotiator, Industry Research Contracts

  • Nastaran Hashemi


    Research Interests: Microfluidics, biosensors, optofluidics, materials, organ on a chip, diagnostics and therapeutics, and physics of micro/nanoscale phenomena

    Nastaran Hashemi
  • Nacu Hernandez


    Research Interests: Research and development of biomaterials, mainly thermoplastic elastomers, from renewable resources

    Nacu Hernandez
  • Shan Hu


    Research Interests: Polymer electrolyte for battery and fuel cell, smart materials for sensors and actuators, functional surface coatings for building windows and highway pavements, polymer aerogel/hydrogel, nanotechnology and nanomaterials

    Chunhui Xiang
  • Shan Jiang


    Research Interests: Colloids and nanoparticles, surface and interface, coating materials, biodegradable polymers, and gene delivery

    Chunhui Xiang
  • Atul Kelkar


    Research Interests: Control theory, robust and nonlinear control, acoustic noise control, vibration control, flexible multi-body dynamics, integrated design via multi-objective optimization, robotics, and neural networks

    Malika Jeffries-El
  • George Kraus


    Research Interests: organic synthesis, bio-agricultural chemistry, and toxicology

    George Kraus
  • Buddhi Lamsal


    Research Interests: Food processing and engineering, crops utilization and industrial value-addition via enzyme application, and fermentations, biobased products, engineering properties of food and structure-functional properties- proteins, polysaccharides, food rheology

    Buddhi Lamsal
  • Chris Martin


    Research Interests: Application of biopolymers and biocomposites to evaluate and maximize their potential for practical uses in building and design

    Chris Martin
  • Reza Montazami


    Research Interests: Smart materials and structures, functional thin-films (energy harvesting, sensors and actuators), polymer-metal nanocomposites (green energy), nature-inspired soft microrobotic (biomedical devices and military applications), and MEMS and NEMS

    Reza Montazami
  • Mikesch Muecke


    Research Interests: Biocomposites; green design; compact-footprint design-build construction, passive house technology; design for the elderly; electronic architectures; rapid prototyping; architectural history, theory, and culture; mobility and architecture

    Mikesch Muecke
  • Lynne Mumm


    Senior Negotiator, Industry Research Contracts

  • Balaji Narasimhan


    Research Interests: Molecular design of nanoscale polymer systems and biomaterials to precisely control molecular architecture and functionality in these systems

    Balaji Narasimhan
  • Carey Novak


    Research Interests: Business development and technology commercialization

    Carey Novak
  • Rudy Pruszko


    Research Interests: Economics, social issues, and commercialization

    Rudy Pruszko
  • Hantang Qin


    Research Interests: Fabrication of scaffolds for biomedical applications, laser ablation, automation, CAD/CAM systems, 3D printing, multi-material and multi-scale fabrication

  • D. Raj Raman


    Research Interests: Developing early-stage techno-economic models of bioprocessing systems

    D. Raj Raman
  • David Ringholz


    Research Interests: Demonstrate how industrial design can act as a vehicle for showcasing what is possible with biopolymers and moving this technology into the mainstream

    David Ringholz
  • Iris Rivero


    Research Interests: Biomedical manufacturing, nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes, manufacturing processes, materials characterization, aerospace applications, nondestructive testing (NDT)-X-ray diffraction, and fatigue/failure analysis

    Iris Rivero
  • Kurt Rosentrater


    Research Interests: Sustainability of biorenewable systems and processes, development of value-added products and coproducts, design of bioprocess engineering systems, and mathematical modeling and simulation

    Kurt Rosentrater
  • Nicholas Senske


    Research Interests: Additive manufacturing in construction

  • James Schrader


    Research Interests: Identifying, evaluating, and improving emerging bioplastic container materials to replace petroleum-based plastic containers in specialty crop production

    James Schrader
  • Shelley Shi


    Research Interests: Application of 3D printing on food materials and pharmaceuticals with customized paste extruder. Using hydrocolloids as reference materials for food printing. Building relationship between rheological properties and food printability to predict the suitability of a potential material

  • Joey Talbert


    Research Interests: Biocatalysts, nanobiotechnology, non-aqueous enzymology, green processing, and immobilized enzymes

    Joey Talbert
  • Jean-Philippe Tessonnier


    Research Interests: Functional nanocarbons, electrosynthesis, bio-oil upgrading, CO2 Conversion


  • Martin Thuo


    Research Interests: Soft materials (polymers and soft alloys), surfaces and interfaces (self-assembled monolayers, molecular electronics, and self-cleaning surfaces), and low-cost diagnostics and other bio-analytical devices

    Martin Thuo
  • Brett VanVeller


    Research Interests: Organic and bioorganic chemistry, synthesis, protein chemistry, materials and macromolecular science

  • Keith Vorst


    Research Interests: Design, safety, and function of polymeric food packaging with an emphasis on cost optimization and conversion processes of polymer and bioplastic food packaging, biological and chemical safety of food contact surfaces, and shelf-life extension and nutritive value retention

    Keith Vorst
  • Tong Wang


    Research Interests: Characterization and processing of soybeans, corn, eggs, and microalgae for producing functional lipids and proteins as food, feed and fuels

    Tong Wang
  • Zhiyou Wen


    Research Interests: Bioprocess engineering; fermentation for functional foods and non-food products; algal culture development; biofuels and value-added products from microalgae; anaerobic digestion of food and animal wastes

    Chunhui Xiang
  • Chris Williams


    Research Interests: Asphalt materials characterization; asphalt design, performance and construction; asphalt rheology; and pavement design

    Chris Williams
  • Chunhui Xiang


    Research Interests: Modifying the properties of existing textile products with nanomaterials, i.e. nanofibers, nanoparticles

    Chunhui Xiang

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