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Arthur J. Ragauskas

Art Ragauskas.

Arthur J. Ragauskas

UT-ORNL Governor's Chair for Biorefining


Contact Information

Art Ragauskas.

  • Office Address: 323-B Dougherty Engineering Building
  • Phone: 865-974-2042
  • E-mail: aragausk@utk.edu
Group WebsiteGovernor's Chair Website

Education

  • PhD, University of Western Ontario: Physical Organic Chemistry, Advanced NMR. 1985
  • BS, Honors, University of Western Ontario: Chemistry. 1980

Biography

Art Ragauskas.

Arthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI.

In 2014, he assumed a Governor’s Chair for Biorefining based in University of Tennessee’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries and serves in the US Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL. His research program is directed at understanding and exploiting innovative sustainable bioresources. 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. Recently, his research team has begun to examine the upcycling of waste plastics.

His research program has been sponsored by NSF, USDA, DOE, GA Traditional Industry Program, a consortium of industry partners, and several fellowship programs which is summarized in 488 publications. His Fulbright sponsored activities at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden were focused on the forest biorefinery and new biofuel conversion technologies for lignocellulosics. Currently, Ragauskas manages a research group of graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, a research scientist, and visiting scientists. He is the recipient of the 2014 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award, the ACS Affordable Green Chemistry award, 2017 AIChE Green Processing Award, 2017 Academia Distinguished Service Award, and his students and postdocs have won several awards, including the ACS graduate research award, ORNL UT-Battelle Award, and Supplementary Performance Award (ORNL).

Ragauskas is an Associate Editor for Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Biofuels, BioEnergy Research, Industrial Biotechnology, Taiwan Journal of Forest Service, TAPPI J., 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. 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, TAPPI Research Management Committee, 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; and Southeast University, China, and South China University of Technology, China.


Awards and Recognitions

Selected list:

  • 2019 Nominated to Sigma Xi
  • 2018 Clarivate Analytics, Publons: Ragauskas named one of the world's most highly cited researchers in his field
  • 2018 Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2017 Green Process Engineering American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award
  • 2017 University of California, Bourns College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology, Distinguished Service Award
  • 2014 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award
  • 2014 ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry
  • 2013 ORNL Visiting Fellow
  • 2012 Elected American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 2012 Elected to Academy Board of  International Academy of Wood Science
  • 2008-2009 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy
  • 2008 Recipient of 2008 William H. Aiken Research Prize

Research

Art Ragauskas.

  • Biorefining
  • Nanolignocellulosics
  • Green Chemistry
  • BioFuels
  • Bio-Based Materials & Chemicals
  • BioComposites
  • BioPower
  • Fiber Modification
  • Pulping/Bleaching
  • Chemistry of Natural Biopolymers including Cellulose, Hemicellulose, and Lignin
  • Polysaccharides
  • Organic/Carbohydrate Chemistry
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Publications

This is a partial list of his most recent publications. View his Google Scholar page for a complete list of publications.

  • Unlocking the secret of lignin-enzyme interactions: Recent advances in developing state-of-the-art analytical techniques. Zhao, Xiaoxue; Meng, Xianzhi; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Lai, Chenhuan; Ling, Zhe; Huang, Caoxing; Yong, Qiang. Biotechnology Advances (2022), 54, 107830.
  • A Unique Bacterial Pelletized Cultivation Platform in Rhodococcus opacus PD630 Enhanced Lipid Productivity and Simplified Harvest for Lignin Bioconversion. Xu, Bing; Li, Qiang; Pu, Yuanqiao; Xie, Shangxian; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Arreola-Vargas, Jorge; Liu, Zhi-Hua; Yuan, Joshua S. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2022), 10(3), 1083-1092
  • Strikingly high amount of tricin-lignin observed from vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) aerial roots. Li, Mi; Pu, Yunqiao; Meng, Xianzhi; Chen, Fang; Dixon, Richard A.; Ragauskas, Arthur J. Green Chemistry (2022), 24(1), 259-270.
  • Fluorescence Enhancement of Lignin-Based Carbon Quantum Dots by Concentration-Dependent and Electron-Donating Substituent Synergy and Their Cell Imaging Applications. Zhao, Siyu; Chen, Xinrui; Zhang, Caixia; Zhao, Peitao; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Song, Xueping. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2021), 13(51), 61565-61577
  • Cosolvent enhanced lignocellulosic fractionation tailoring lignin chemistry and enhancing lignin bioconversion. Zhao, Zhi-Min; Meng, Xianzhi; Scheidemantle, Brent; Pu, Yunqiao; Liu, Zhi-Hua; Li, Bing-Zhi; Wyman, Charles E.; Cai, Charles M.; Ragauskas, Arthur J. Bioresource Technology (2021), Ahead of Print.
  • Product Characteristics and Synergy Study on Supercritical Methanol Liquefaction of Lignocellulosic Biomass and Plastic. Zhao, Peitao; Yuan, Zhilong; Song, Xueping; Zhang, Jing; Ragauskas, Arthur J. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2021), Ahead of Print.
  • Effect of Protic Ionic Liquids in Sugar Cane Bagasse Pretreatment for Lignin Valorization and Ethanol Production. Pin, Thaynara C.; Rabelo, Sarita C.; Pu, Yunqiao; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Costa, Aline C. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2021), Ahead of Print.
  • Lignin-​enzyme interaction: A roadblock for efficient enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosics. Huang, Caoxing; Jiang, Xiao; Shen, Xiaojun; Hu, Jinguang; Tang, Wei; Wu, Xinxing; Ragauskas, Arthur; Jameel, Hasan; Meng, Xianzhi; Yong, Qiang. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (2022), 154, 111822.
  • Engineered Sorghum bagasse enables a sustainable biorefinery with p-​hydroxybenzoic acid-​based deep eutectic solvent. Wang, Yunxuan; Meng, Xianzhi; Tian, Yang; Kim, Kwang Ho; Jia, Linjing; Pu, Yunqiao; Leem, Gyu; Kumar, Deepak; Eudes, Aymerick; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Yoo, Geun, Chang. ChemSusChem (2021), 14(23), 5235-5244.
  • Opportunities and challenges for flow-​through hydrothermal pretreatment in advanced biorefineries. Meng, Xianzhi; Yoo, Chang Geun; Pu, Yunqiao; Ragauskas, Arthur J. Bioresource Technology (2022), 343, 126061.
  • Valorisation of technical lignin in rigid polyurethane foam: a critical evaluation on trends, guidelines and future perspectives. Haridevan, Hima; Evans, David A. C.; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Martin, Darren J.; Annamalai, Pratheep K. Green Chemistry (2021), 23(22), 8725-8753.
  • Use of a Lewis acid, a Bronsted acid, and their binary mixtures for the liquefaction of lignocellulose by supercritical ethanol processing. Alper, Koray; Wang, Yun-Yan; Meng, Xianzhi; Tekin, Kubilay; Karagoz, Selhan; Ragauskas, Arthur J. Sustainable Energy & Fuels (2021), 5(21), 5445-5453.
  • Recycled Cardboard Containers as a Low Energy Source for Cellulose Nanofibrils and Their Use in Poly(L-​lactide) Nanocomposites. Copenhaver, Katie; Li, Kai; Lamm, Meghan E.; Walker, Colleen; Johnson, Donna; Han, Yousoo; Wang, Lu; Zhao, Xianhui; Pu, Yunqiao; Hinton, Holly; Tekinalp, Halil; Bhagia, Samarthya; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Gardner, Douglas, J.; Ozcan, Soydan. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2021), 9(40), 13460-13470.
  • Enhanced medium chain length-​polyhydroxyalkanoate production by co-​fermentation of lignin and holocellulose hydrolysates. Arreola-Vargas, Jorge; Meng, Xianzhi; Wang, Yun-yan; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Yuan, Joshua S. Green Chemistry (2021), 23(20), 8226-8237.
  • Highly selective hydrogenation of phenol to cyclohexanone over a Pd-​loaded N-​doped carbon catalyst derived from chitosan. Wu, Qiong; Wang, Lu; Zhao, Baozheng; Huang, Lang; Yu, Shitao; Ragauskas, Arthur J. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2022), 605, 82-90.
  • Plastic waste upcycling toward a circular economy. Zhao, Xianhui; Korey, Matthew; Li, Kai; Copenhaver, Katie; Tekinalp, Halil; Celik, Serdar; Kalaitzidou, Kyriaki; Ruan, Roger; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Ozcan, Soydan. (2021) Chemical Engineering Journal (2022), 428, 131928.
  • Recent Advances in the Synthesis of Deuterium-​Labeled Compounds. Yang, Xiaoli; Ben, Haoxi; Ragauskas, Arthur J. Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry (2021), 10(10), 2473-2485.
  • Terephthalic Acid Copolyesters Containing Tetramethylcyclobutanediol for High-​Performance Plastics. Bhagia, Samarthya; Bornani, Kamlesh; Ozcan, Soydan; Ragauskas, Arthur J.  ChemistryOpen (2021), 10(8), 830-841.
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Flow-through Hydrothermal Pretreatment in Advanced Biorefineries. Meng X, Geun Yoo C, Pu Y, Ragauskas AJ. Bioresource Technology (2021) 126061-126061
  • Use of a Lewis acid, a Bronsted acid, and their binary mixtures for the liquefaction of lignocellulose by supercritical ethanol processing. Alper, Koray; Wang, Yun-Yan; Meng, Xianzhi; Tekin, Kubilay; Karagoz, Selhan; Ragauskas, Arthur J. Sustainable Energy & Fuels (2021), Ahead of Print.
  • New Technologies are Needed to Improve the Recycling and Upcycling of Waste Plastics Ragauskas AJ, Huber GW, Wang J, Guss A, O'Neill HM, Lin CSK, Wang Y, Wurm FR, Meng X. ChemSusChem (2021) 14(19):3982-3984.
  • Research on Chemically Deuterated Cellulose Macroperformance and Fast Identification. Song Y, Liu S, Ben H, Zhang Y, Han G, Ragauskas AJ, Jiang W. Frontiers in Plant Science (2021) 12:709692.
  • Critical review of FDM 3D printing of PLA biocomposites filled with biomass resources, characterization, biodegradability, upcycling and opportunities for biorefineries. Bhagia S, Bornani K, Agarwal R, Satlewal A, Ďurkovič J, Lagaňa R, Bhagia M, Yoo CG, Zhao X, Kunc V. Applied Materials Today 24 01 Sep 2021
  • Synergistic Improvement of Carbohydrate and Lignin Processability by Biomimicking Biomass Processing. Li M, Liu ZH, Hao N, Olson ML, Li Q, Bhagia S, Shinde S, Kao KC, Ragauskas AJ, Xie S. Frontiers in Energy Research (2021) 8 04 Feb
  • Terephthalic Acid Copolyesters Containing Tetramethylcyclobutanediol for High-​Performance Plastics. Bhagia, Samarthya; Bornani, Kamlesh; Ozcan, Soydan; Ragauskas, Arthur J.  ChemistryOpen (2021), 10(8), 830-841. 

Books

  • Advances In The Structural Elucidation And Utilization Of Lignins. Eds. Shuai, L.; Yoo, C.G.; Yue, F.; Ragauskas, A.J.  Energy Res (July 2021) . DOI: 10.3389/FENRG.2021.724825
  • Lignin Utilization Strategies from Processing to Applications. ACS Symposium Series, Volume 1377, Eds. C. Yoo and A. Ragauskas (2021)
  • Emerging Technologies for Biorefineries, Biofuels, and Value-Added Commodities, Springer Nature Switzerland AG Eds. Zhi-Hua Liu, Art Ragauskas (2021)
  • Materials for Biofuels, World Scientific Publishing, Ed: Ragauskas, A.J. (2014).
  • Developments in Engineered Fibres. Pu, Y.; Zhang, D.; Ragauskas, A.J., Pira International Leatherhead, UK (2008-Invited).

Book Chapters

  • Epoxy as filler or matrix for polymer composites. Xianhui Zhao, Shun Lu, Wei Li, Shuyang Zhang, Kai Li, Kashif Nawaz, Peter Wang, Guang Yang, Arthur Ragauskas, Soydan Ozcan and Erin Webb. In “Epoxy-Based Composites,” Intech Open, ISBN 978-1-80355-160-9. Ed.: Samson Jerold Samuel Chelladurai (2022).
  • Emerging Technologies for Biorefineries, Biofuels, and Value-Added Commodities, Springer Nature Switzerland AG Eds. Zhi-Hua Liu, Art Ragauskas (2021)
    • Lignin Valorization in Biorefineries Through Integrated Fractionation, Advanced Characterization, and Fermentation Intensification Strategies. Zhi-Min Zhao, Yan Chen, Xianzhi Meng, Siying Zhang, Jingya Wang, Zhi-Hua Liu, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, 337-362.
  • Lignin Utilization Strategies from Processing to Applications. ACS Symposium Series, Volume 1377, Eds. C. Yoo and A. Ragauskas (2021)
    • Opportunities and Challenges of Lignin Utilization. Yoo, Chang Geun; Ragauskas, Arthur J. ACS Symposium Series (2021), 1377
    • Lignin Utilization Strategies: From Processing to Applications. Yoo Chang, Geun; Ragauskas, Arthur
    • Recent Advances in Synthesis and Application of Lignin Nanoparticles. Meng, Xianzhi, Poonia; Mandeep; Yoo Chang Geun; Ragauskas, Arthur J.

Patents

  • Sannigrahi, P.; Ragauskas, A.J.; Miller, S. J. Chlorine dioxide treatment of biomass feedstock useful in production of biofuel ethanol. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2012), US 20120040413 A1 20120216; PCT Int. Appl. (2012), WO 2012021725 A1 20120216.
  • Ziemer, C.J.; Arcidiacono, S.; Ragauskas, A.; Morrison, M., Novel fibro-biotic bacterium isolate. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2011), US 20110076356 A1 Application: US 2009-569572 20090929. Priority: US 2009-569572 20090929.
  • Deng, Y.; Yoon, S.Y.; Ragauskas, A.; White, D., Methods and Compositions for Papermaking. U.S. Pat. 7,964,063 B2 (2011).
  • Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Kim, Dong Ho., Metal Substituted Xerogels for Improved Peroxide Bleaching of Kraft Pulps. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2003), CODEN: USXXCO US 2003019596 A1 20030130 CAN 138:108518 AN 2003:77170.
  • Chakar, F.S; Ragauskas, A.J., Methods for Reducing Fluorescence in Paper-Containing Samples. Patent # 6,294,047 B1 & 6,387,211 B1 (2001).