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Sunkyu Park

EJ Woody Rice Associate Professor & University Faculty Scholar

Department of Forest Biomaterials

Pulp & Paper Labs 3207


Area(s) of Expertise

Biorefinery development for biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes into biofuels, biochemicals, and biomaterials.

– Biorefinery and Pulp&Paper process integration (mass and energy balance) and its techno-economic analysis
– Process development for biomass biochemical treatment (pretreatment, mechanical refining, enzymatic hydrolysis)
– Process development for biomass thermal treatment (pyrolysis, torrefaction)
– Dissolving pulp characterization and application2017 ~ current E.J. Woody Rice Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

  • 2015 ~ 2017 Associate Professor, North Carolina State University
  • 2011 ~ 2017 Adjunct Professor, Seoul National University
  • 2009 ~ 2015 Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
  • 2006, Ph.D., Pulp and Paper, North Carolina State University
  • 2001, M.S., Pulp and Paper, Seoul National University, Korea
  • 1997, B.S., Forest Products, Seoul National University, Korea



  • FB 760 Engineering Unit Operations for Biomass Conversion
  • FB 595 Special Topic: Bioenergy Science and Engineering
  • PSE 425 Bioenergy and Biomaterials Engineering
  • PSE 417 Pulp and Paper Process Simulation

Research Interests

Growing concerns over climate change and the desire to stimulate a sustainable economy have renewed the urgency for developing substantial replacement of fossil feedstocks with renewable resources.  Chemical and other commodity industries are gradually shifting from relying on petroleum to lignocellulosic biomass as feedstocks.  To make biorefinery financially attractive, it is critically important to co-produce high-value chemicals and materials in addition to biofuel production.  This lesson is clear from the petroleum industry in which petro-based chemical production generates similar cash value to fuel production, while only ~16% of crude oil is used for chemical production.

Our research at NC State University covers a broad spectrum of biorefinery development and is focused on the fundamental understanding of lignocellulosic biomass reactivity and engineering process development for both biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes into biofuels, biochemicals, and biomaterials. Please check our publications to follow research trends.


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