Dr. Junyong Zhu from Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Visited Biofuels Institute of Jiangsu University
Published on:2017-10-10     Visits:1082
Dr. Junyong Zhu, professor from Forest Products Laboratory, USDA visited biofuels institute at Jiangsu University and delivered a presentation titled as " Economical and Sustainable Cell Wall Deconstruction for Advanced Wood Utilization: Producing Cellulose Nanomaterials " on September 10, 2017. More than 30 faculties, graduate students participated in his seminar. In Dr. Zhus seminar, he systematically analyzed recent advance of nanocellulose materials. He report the discovery of the hydrotropic properties of a recyclable aromatic acid, p-toluenesulfonic acid (p-TsOH), for potentially low-cost and efficient fractionation of wood through rapid and near-complete dissolution of lignin. Approximately 90% of poplar wood lignin can be dissolved at 80C in 20 min. co-product approaches for large-scale production of biofuels derived from lignocellulose and discussed techno-economic issues relevant to the scale of bioethanol industry. Dr. J.Y. Zhu is a scientific team leader at the US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin. He was the Inaugural Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair in Energy and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources (2015-2016 academic year), Helsinki, Finland. He holds an Adjunct Appointment at the Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research covers a broad area of wood and fiber utilization from wood pulping, fiber physics, bioenergy and biofuels, to cellulose nanomaterials that encompassed from laboratory studies to commercial scale demonstrations. The SPORL process his group developed was used for the world FIRST successful woody cellulosic bio-jet (from forest residue) commercial flight from US west coast (Seattle) to east coast (Washington DC) on November 14, 2016. Dr. Zhus achievements were honored with AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Andrew Chase Award in 2016, TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) International R&D Technical Award and William Aiken Prize in 2014, and US Forest Service Deputy Chief for R&D Distinguished Science Award in 2013. Dr. Zhu is a Fellow of TAPPI, AIChE, and IAWS (International Academy of Wood Science).