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Sunkyu Park

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Our people are recognized worldwide for their cutting-edge research in advanced manufacturing, novel forest-based biomaterials, paper science and processes, renewable chemicals and energy, business processes and innovation, and sustainable materials and technology. We are a research powerhouse with an ecosystem built for achievement and collaboration. Our research teams are cross-disciplinary and are often comprised of experts from a variety of fields within Forest Biomaterials, the broader College of Natural Resources, other colleges at NC State and representatives from government agencies, the private sector, industry or other universities.

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  • Dimitris Argyropoulos – Specializes in the organic chemistry of wood components, developing new chemistry for transforming the carbon in trees into valuable chemicals, materials, and energy.
  • Med Byrd – Specializes in mechanical, chemical and non-wood pulping and bleaching, as well as agricultural residue processing.
  • Hou-min Chang – Specializes in the chemistry of lignin, pulping and bleaching processes, and pollution abatement in pulp and paper mills.
  • Vincent Chiang – Specializes in biotechnology, cell wall biochemistry, and functional genomics.
  • Ronalds Gonzalez – Specializes in conversion economics, and the analysis of finance and supply chain processes.
  • Marko Hakovirta – As the Department Head for Forest Biomaterials, he specializes in physics, materials science, sustainable technologies, innovation management and economics, and new product commercialization.
  • Martin Hubbe – Specializes in chemical paper additives, colloidal chemistry affecting dewatering, charged nature of cellulosic materials and dry strength development.
  • Hasan Jameel – As a Jordan Distinguished Professor, he specializes in cost-effective methods for upgrading lignin to develop a more profitable biorefinery, specifically by converting biomass to bioenergy and biomaterials.
  • Steve Kelley – Specializes in sustainable production of energy and materials from biomass and the application of novel analytical tools to biomass.
  • Michael Kocurek – Specializes in pulp and paper technology, paper properties, and stock prep refining.
  • Frederik Laleicke – Specializes in wood physics and durability, mass timber products, and wood recycling.
  • Nathalie Lavoine – Specializes in nanocellulose-based advanced materials, active and intelligent packaging, and sustainable materials processing.
  • Lucian Lucia – Specializes in green chemistry, fiber and polymer science, environmental sciences, materials science, renewable polymers, and chemical modification of cellulosics for biomedical applications.
  • Phil Mitchell – Specializes in value-added wood products and lean manufacturing processes.
  • Lokendra Pal – Specializes in sustainable materials science and engineering, functional coatings, digital printing, printed electronics, 3D printing, and lean six sigma processes.
  • Sunkyu Park – Specializes in lignocellulosic biomass reactivity, hemicellulose chemistry and cellulose crystalline structures for dissolving pulp application.
  • Joel Pawlak – Specializes in engineering multiphase materials, including porous fibrous web structures, foams, natural super-absorbents, enzymatic manipulation of material structure, nano-scale fiber composites, and novel application of rheological phenomenon.
  • Perry Peralta – Specializes in wood physical properties, wood mechanics, statistical process control, and the development of novel forest biomaterials through the application of non-woven technologies.
  • Ilona Peszlen – Specializes in wood anatomy and properties, the effects of environment on wood and fiber properties, genetic improvement of wood quality and properties, and utilization of plantation wood.
  • Richard Phillips – Specializes in strategic business practices, leadership and critical thinking in the pulp, paper, and forest product industries.
  • Daniel Saloni – Specializes in process improvement, supply chain, biomass and bioenergy conversion.
  • David Tilotta – Specializes in housing and analytical chemistry, chemical contamination and decontamination of wood and the development of analytical methodology for the detection of organic and inorganic components in wood.
  • Richard Venditti – Specializes in the processing and utilization of natural polymers in new products and fuels, the fundamentals of separation science in fiber processing and the environmental life cycle analysis of products.
  • Yuan Yao – Specializes in interdisciplinary approaches in industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, and operations research to develop systematic and scientific rigorous methodologies.