Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-3418
The 2023 Fall Seminar Series will feature Mi Li, Assistant Professor in Biorefinery and Biopolymer Chemistry at the Center of Renewable Carbon School of Natural Resources, University of Tennessee Knoxville. Dr. Li will give a talk titled “Converting lignocellulosic biomass into functional materials and biodegradable polymers” on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2217 of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment Building located at 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL.
Dr. Li is hosted by Dr. Yucheng Peng, Assistant Professor at the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment. Dr. Li will talk about how lignocellulosic biomass offers a sustainable and plentiful alternative to petroleum-based fuels, chemicals, and materials. This talk will cover the design and development of high-performance products focusing on nanocellulose-based antimicrobial films for packaging and biopolymer-metal organic frameworks hybrid for adsorbents.
Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor in Biorefinery and Biopolymer Chemistry at the Center of Renewable Carbon, School of Natural Resources, University of Tennessee Knoxville. Before that, he was a post-doc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in Wood Science from Auburn University and his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Northeast Forestry University in China. He also serves as the Chair of the ES-220 Bio-based Energy, Fuels, and Products Committee for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He received the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe 2021 Junior Faculty Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award 2017 of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He focuses on developing bio-derived functional materials and chemically recyclable polymers.
Faculty, students, and the public are invited to attend this program. Advanced registration is not required. Refreshments will be available after the seminar, and CFEs are available upon request. Parking is available on the third and fourth floors in the South Quad Parking Deck across from the CFWE Building on Duncan Drive. To receive announcements about future seminars, download the 2023 Fall Seminar Calendar or request to join our email list at firstname.lastname@example.org.