Prof Arthur Ragauskas

Fulbright Chair of Alternative Energy

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology
500 10th St., NW Atlanta
United States
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Arthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI. His research program at Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking to understand and exploit innovative sustainable bioresources. This multifaceted program is targeted to develop new and improved applications for nature’s premiere renewable biopolymers for biomaterials, biofuels, biopower, and bio-based chemicals.

In addition, he is 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. His students have won several awards, including the ACS graduate research award. Ragauskas has published 220+ papers, patents, and conference proceedings.

Major Qualifications

 Nominated to TAPPI Research Management Committee (2009)  Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy (2008 - 2009)  Nominated to National Commission on Energy Policy (2008)  Recipient of 2008 William H. Aiken Research Prize  Served on the Committee on Technologies to Deter Currency Counterfeiting, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies (2005-06)  Elected Fellow to International Academy of Wood Science (2003)  Elected TAPPI Fellow (2003)  Receptiant of Luso-American Foundation teaching fellowship at Departamenta Cienca e Technologia do Papel Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã - Portugal (2003)  Invited guest teaching professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (2001)  Best Poster at International Pulp Bleaching Conference, Halifax (2000)  1999 IPST President’s Award for Education  1999 IPST Teacher of the Year  Cited in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (1999-current)  Cited in Who’s Who in Plastics and Polymers (2000-2002)  Invited guest professor to Royal Institute of Technology/STFI, Stockholm, Sweden (1998)  Invited guest professor South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China (1996)  Research Associate Fellowship, National Research Council Canada (1987-89)  National Science and Engineering Research Council Canada, Postdoctoral Fellowship(1985-87)  National Science and Engineering Research Council Canada, Graduate Fellowship (1980-84)

Major Publications

Preparation of superabsorbent cellulosic hydrogels, Pan, S.; Ragauskas, A. J. Carbohydrate Polymers (2012), 87(2), 1410-1418. 2. Nano Materials and Composites Amino acid modified cellulose whiskers, Cateto, C.A.; Ragauskas, A., RSC Advances (2011), 1(9), 1695-1697. 3. Nanometrology of delignified Populus using mode synthesizing atomic force microscopy. Tetard L; Passian A; Farahi R H; Davison B H; Jung S; Ragauskas A J; Lereu A L; Thundat T., Nanotechnology (2011), 22(46), 465702. 4. Cellulose Isolation Methodology for NMR Analysis of Cellulose Ultrastructure, Foston, M.B.; Hubbell, C.A.; Ragauskas, A.J., Materials (Carbohydrate Polymers Special Issue) 2011, 4(11), 1985-2002. 5. Pyrolysis oils from CO2 precipitated Kraft lignin. Kosa, M.; Ben, H.; Theliander, H.; Ragauskas, A.J., Green Chemistry (2011), 13(11), 3196-3202.

Professional Institution Membership

Ragauskas is an Associate 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 a reader for Nature. 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, 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. Dr. 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 South China University of Technology, China.

Significant Employment History

Associate Professor 2003 – 2007 School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) Professor 2007 – present School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech)

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