Washington State

Faculty & Staff

  • Birgitte Ahring


    Research Interests: Renewable energy and applied biotechnology, anaerobic bacteria, and renewable products from lignocellulosic biomass

  • Amir Ameli


    Research Interests: Nanocellular and microcellular foams; bioplastic and biocomposite foams; composite and foam manufacturing technologies; conductive polymer composites; multifunctional composite foams for electromagnetic, thermal, and acoustic insulation; and application development of composite foams

  • Don Bender


    Research Interests: Design and construction of timber structures, engineering properties of wood-based materials, and hygrothermal properties of building envelopes

  • Shulin Chen


    Research Interests: Process and systems for biomass processing and bioconversion of renewable feedstocks to biochemical and biofuels

  • Nick Engdahl


    Research Interests: Transport of dissolved and particulate contaminants in the hydrologic systems, long-term environmental fate of micro-plastic fibers, residence time of pollutants, risk assessment/mitigation, and site cleanup and remediation

  • Karl Englund


    Research Interests: Wood and natural fiber composites, polymer processing with natural fiber reinforcement, and natural fiber composite properties

  • Manuel Garcia-Pérez


    Research Interests: Thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic materials and conversion of pyrolytic oil fractions into biofuels and chemicals. Bio-char characterization and uses. Bio-refinery systems analysis. Development of polymeric materials from products of biomass thermal depolymerization

  • Michael Kessler


    Research Interests: Processing and characterization of polymer composites, vegetable oil-based polymers, self-healing polymer composites, and evaluation of polymers and composites using experimental solid mechanics and thermal analysis

  • Hanwu Lei


    Research Interests: Thermochemical and chemical conversions of renewable biomass to bioproducts, chemicals, and biofuels; catalysis and bioprocess of biomass and plant materials including biomass clean fractionation for cellulose and lignin, protein separation, aromatics and phenolics used for thermoplastics and adhesives

  • Hongfei Lin


    Research Interests: Catalyst Synthesis and Application; Catalytic Conversion of biomass; CO2 Reduction; Renewable Hydrogen Production; Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis; Advanced Functional Nanomaterials; Photocatalysis

  • Hang Liu


    Research Interests: Development of biobased polymeric materials for biomaterials and protective apparatus and structure-property analysis of polymeric materials

  • Armando McDonald


    Research Interests: Biobased composite materials, fiber modifications, and product prototype development and synthesis of carbohydrate, protein, and polyphenolic based polymers for use as thermoplastics and adhesives

  • Pizhong Qiao


    Research Interests: Advanced polymer composite materials in civil infrastructure, mechanics of composite materials and structures, smart composites and structures, and fracture of bonded interfaces

  • Shyam Sablani


    Research Interests: Polymeric packaging for advanced food technologies and engineering nanoparticle interactions with plant surfaces

  • Lloyd Smith


    Multi-axial characterization of composite materials, damage and failure modeling, environmental degradation of polymer composites, and sports science

  • Jinwu Wang


    Research Interests: Biobased resin and composites development

  • Mike Wolcott


    Research Interests: Composite material development, extrusion processing, viscoelasticity and rheology, adhesion, and anisotropic elasticity

  • Travis Woodland


    Research Interests: Business development, intellectual property, and corporate relations

  • Junna Xin


    Research Interests: Synthesis and characterization of polymers

  • Vikram Yadama (Center Co-Director)


    Research Interests: Mechanics of wood and wood composites; modeling of engineered wood composites, structure and behavior; behavior of wood joints; and  industrial extension and outreach in forest products

  • Bin Yang


    Research Interests: Biomass pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, and conversion technologies that accelerate commercial application of biomass processing to cellulosic and lignin fuels and biobased products

  • Jinwen Zhang


    Research Interests: Synthesis, processing, and application development of biobased polymer materials; polymer toughening and reinforcing; structure and properties of polymer blends and composites; and polymer foaming and fiber spinning technologies

  • Xiao Zhang


    Research Interests: Chemical and biochemical conversion of plant carbohydrates and lignin to renewable biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels

  • Katie Zhong


    Research Interests: Nanocomposites and multifunctional materials, aerospace materials and composites, composite manufacturing technology, biomaterials and processing, and renewable energy materials

Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites