Dimitris S. Argyropoulos

ProfessorDimitris Argyropoulos, Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 919.515.7708
Office Number: 3104 Biltmore Hall
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Dr. Dimitris S. Argyropoulos is a Professor and Finland Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. The work of his group focuses on the organic chemistry of wood components and the development of new chemistry for transforming the carbon present in our trees toward producing valuable chemicals, materials and energy.

Dr. Argyropoulos received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he also served as a PAPRICAN professor with the Chemistry department. His teaching is primarily related to wood chemistry, biomaterial characterization, carbohydrate, lignin and polymer chemistry. Dr. Argyropoulos is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chemistry. In addition to being a member to a number of professional societies (ACS, TAPPI, PAPTAC), Dr. Argyropoulos serves the editorial boards of five scientific journals as well the board of the International Lignin Institute and a number of International Scientific committees. He has also served as the Division Chair, and Secretary of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials of the American Chemical Society.

Recent research in his group emerges from a significant finding that wood can be dissolved in Ionic Liquids, allowing for the creation of a variety of novel processing platforms for producing new materials, chemicals and energy. In addition, his group develops new methods based on organic chemistry, NMR spectroscopy and catalysis to modulate, direct and understand the transformations of wood biopolymers during industrial transformations such pulping, bleaching and bio-processing.

Selected Publications

  • Argyropoulos, D. S., "Heteronuclear NMR Spectroscopy of Lignins"; In Lignin & Lignans; Advances in Chemistry, by Heitner, C., Dimmel, D. Schmidt , J., Editors. pp 245-265, ISBN 978-1-57444-486-5 Hardback, CRC Press, 2010. [Article]
  • Zoia, L. Perazzini, R., C., Crestini, Argyropoulos, D. S. "Understanding the Radical Mechanism of Lipoxygenases Using 31P NMR Spin Trapping", Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, (2011), doi:0.1016/j.bmc.2011.02.0462011. [Article]
  • Zoia, L. Argyropoulos., D. S., "Molecular Weight Distribution of Wood Solubilized in Ionic Liquid", J. of Agricultural and Food Chemistry; 59 (3): pp. 829-838, 2011. [Article]
  • Filpponen, I., Argyropoulos, D. S. " Regular Linking of Cellulose Nanocrystals via Click Chemistry; Synthesis & Formation of Cellulose Nanoplatelet Gels" Biomacromolecules, ASAP article March 17th 2010. DOI :10.1021/bm1000247, 2010,11 (4), pp 1060-1066. [Article]
  • Zoia, L., Argyropoulos., D. S., Quantitative 31 P NMR Spin Trapping", J. Phys. Org. Chem., DOI:10.1002/poc. 1561 & 22 1070-1077, DOI 10.1002/poc.1561, (2009). [Article]