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Ali Ayoub

Adjunct Assoc Professor


Dr Ali Ayoub is a business leader in biopolymers science and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Natural Resources, Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. He has 15 years of experience in the areas of biomaterials (carbohydrate, protein) and processing engineering technologies for nonfood and food segments to advance sustainable development goals. Ali’s passion is to leverage his academic and industrial international experience to create teams that have confidence, skills, and a positive attitude to unlock the power of nature.

Selected Publications

· Effect of plasticizers and polymer blends for processing softwood kraft lignin as carbon fiber precursors, CELLULOSE (2021)

· Synthesis and Characterization of Thermoresponsive Xylan Networks by Diels-Alder Reaction. ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS (2019)

· Biomass extrusion and reaction technologies: principles to practices and future potential, AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (2018)

· Water Resistant Hemicellulose Based Materials: Processing and Applications, CHEMSUSCHEM (2017)

· Introduction to Renewable Biomaterials, WILEY (2017)

· Melt extrusion of polyethylene nanocomposites reinforced with nanofibrillated cellulose from cotton and wood sources, JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE (2015)

· The effect of low shear on the development of fortified extruded rice products. STARCH/STARKE (2013)

· Combined application of extrusion and irradiation technologies: A strategy oriented for green and cost-effective chemistry. BIORESOURCES

· New Insight into rice starch structure and molecular organization by Atomic Force Microscopy, STARCH/STARKE (2006)

· Enzymatic degradation of hydroxypropyltrimethylammonium wheat starches, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES (2004)

Area(s) of Expertise

Biopolymers Functionalization, Structure-Function, Reactive Extrusion, Innovation Management, Bioeconomy