About Editors

Journal of Renewable Materials

ISSN: 2164-6325 (Print)

ISSN: 2164-6341 (Online)


 Editor-in-Chief

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Antonio Pizzi is full Professor of industrial chemistry at the ENSTIB, University of Lorraine. Prof. Pizzi, who holds a Dr. Chem. (Polymers, Rome, Italy), a Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry, South Africa) and a D.Sc. (Wood Chemistry, South Africa), is the author of more than 900 research and technical articles, patents, contract reports and international conference papers as well as 11 books on adhesion and adhesives published in New York. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international prizes for new industrial developments in his fields of specialization such as, among others the Descartes Prize of the European Commission and the Schweighofer Prize for Wood Research Innovation. His best-known area of specialization is on wood and fiber glueing and wood adhesives chemistry, formulation and application, in particular in bioadhesives and their application to composite products based on natural materials. 


 Editors

Ramaswamy Nagarajan is a Professor of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and has a science and engineering background with bachelor degrees in chemistry and rubber technology from India and a doctoral degree in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts. His research interest is in the development of “greener”/sustainable routes to advanced functional materials (polymers, additives and surfactants). Working at the interface of science and engineering his research group has been involved in translating fundamental research into engineering applications for advancing technology in new and emerging areas. He has published more than 55 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 17 U.S. patents.


Shengjie(Patrick) Zhai is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who got opto-electronic, biomedical engineering and materials degrees in China and United States. He is interested in developing new methodologies for the controlled synthesis, fabrication and characterization of materials with specific and unique structures and functionalities inspired by biology. Special interests include preparation of functional (co) polymers and investigation of their self-assembled nanostructures; understanding the self-organization process at surfaces and interfaces; development of novel responsive materials and non-conventional approaches for nano- and micropatterning of complex 2-D and 3-D structures; controlling wetting, adhesion and biofouling on polymer thin films.

 Associate Editors

Wan-Ting (Grace) Chen is an assistant Professor of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Prior to joining the faculty at Lowell, Grace was a postdoc research associate in the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Grace received her B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from the National Taiwan University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Grace’s Ph.D. research work focused on developing a synergistically integrated waste-to-fuel system that simultaneously produces biofuel and treats wet biowaste via algae growth and hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL). In particular, Grace’s Ph.D. work contributes to the area of upgrading complex HTL biocrude oil converted from biowaste into transportation fuels by distillation, esterification, and catalytic treatments. Grace’s ongoing work focuses on valorization of plastic waste into useful products, including pristine polymers, fuels, specialty chemicals, and monomers. Grace has an h-index of 13 and has published 17 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 1 book chapter, and 34 conference presentations.  


Shinsuke Ifuku is a full Professor of the Graduate School of Engineering, Tottori University, Japan. He graduated from the Kyoto University and received his Ph.D. of agriculture in 2005. His research interests are focused on polymer chemistry, biomaterial chemistry, and nanomaterial science, particularly in the areas of bionanomaterial composites with cellulose nanofibers and chitin nanofibers. Special attention is dedicated to the development of chitin nanofibers. Chitin nanofibers are fine nanofiber extracted from crab shell waste with 10 nm thick. Chitin nanofiber is homogeneous water dispersion with efficient physical properties and fine nano-morophology. They showed abundant biological properties after skin or oral administrations. He established venture company, with the name of MARINE NANOFIBER in 2016 to enhance the commercial application of the novel nanomaterial prepared from food waste.

George Z. Papageorgiou is an Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry, University of Ioannina. He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). He also holds an MSc (1998) and a Ph.D. (2002) in Polymer Science (AUTh). His current research focuses on polymers from renewable resources and biodegradable polymers. Polymer matrix nanocomposites, pharmaceutical technology, and thermal analysis are also among his research interests. He is the author and co-author of about 130 journal papers and book chapters. A large number of his publications deal with the synthesis, phase transitions, and crystallization of polyesters of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid and other polymers from monomers derived from biomass.

Hyun-Joong Kim has completed his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan and Research and Research Scientist work from State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. He has been researching Adhesion, Bio-Composites for 28 years and published large amounts of papers and researches in related areas. He also serves as the Professor of Seoul National University. He holds the Lifetime Fellow Members from International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS) and the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST).

Niranjan Karak (h-index = 41, i10-index=141, citation= 5915, Google scholar, as on 05/03/2019), is a Professor of Polymer Science and Nanomaterials of Chemical Sciences Department (former HoD) and former Head, Sophisticated and Analytical Instrument Center (SAIC) of Tezpur University. Prof. Karak has published 223 research papers including review articles in peer reviewed journals (214 international and 9 national) and authored five books and edited three books (including one in press), as well as written twelve chapters in different edited books including two encyclopedia. Sixteen Ph.D. degrees are awarded along with four post-doctoral fellows are supervised (seven more scholars are pursuing Ph.D. degrees and one more postdoctoral fellow is working). Prof. Karak executed 10 major Government projects and two more are undergoing. Dr. Karak also executed four consultancy projects as a consultant for multinational company. He has filed five Indian patents on his innovative works. His fields of research interest are mainly based on bio-based high performance hyperbranched polymeric, nanocomposites as multifaceted sustainable materials. Prof. Karak has credited eight national awards from different learned academic societies including ‘The president of India’ and Ministry of Fertilizer and Chemicals, Government of India; and two international recognition (one of the most highly prolific authors for ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering in the world, 2016 and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry), for his outstanding contribution in the field. 

Krzysztof Pielichowski is a full Professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers, Cracow University of Technology. He graduated from the Cracow University of Technology, and received his Ph.D. from AGH University of Science and Technology and D.Sc. from Warsaw University of Technology. His research interests are focused on polymer (nano)technology and chemistry, particularly in the areas of (bio) polymer nanocomposites with nanocrystalline cellulose and hybrid organic-inorganic materials. Special attention is dedicated to the assessment of (nano) composite materials impact on the environment at all stages: preparation, characterization and recycling. He is co-author (or editor) of eight books and over 120 papers with impact factor. He is member Committee of Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Commission of Technical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as recipient of Kosciuszko Foundation and Fulbright Foundation fellowships in the USA. He has served as a reviewer of a number of projects and research papers over the last decade and was supervisor of eleven Ph.D. thesis (completed) and four currently running. 

Xu-Ming XIE graduated with B. Eng from Shinshu University, Japan in 1985. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Dept. of Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1987 and 1990, respectively. From 1990 to 1992, he worked as a research scientist at Kawasaki Plastics Laboratory, Showa Denko, Ltd. (Japan). He has worked at Tsinghua University since 1992, and has been a full Professor since 1999. He is interested in areas such as 1) Structure control and properties of multiphase polymer systems 2) Recycling and renewable of waste plastics 3) Polymer grafting and modification 4) Modification and assembly of nanomaterials and their nanocomposites 5) Super tough and highly stretchable hydrogels 6) Confined crystallization and phase separation of polymer systems. He was awarded JSPS Visiting Professor Fellowship in 1999 and Georgy. T. Piercy Distinguished Visiting Professor award from Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Materials, University of Minnesota (USA) in 2002. He was also invited as a visiting Professor in Chuo University, Japan in 2005. In 2007 and 2018 he obtained the “Feng Xinde Polymer Prize” respectively from ELSEVIER. He has published more than 220 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also holds 20 Chinese, European and/or US patents which have been approved or disclosed.  


Prior to commencing at Cranfield University, Vijay Kumar Thakur worked as a Staff Scientist in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, USA. He was also a Research Scientist in Temasek Laboratories at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at LHU, Taiwan. Dr Thakur did his post-doctoral study in Materials Science & Engineering at Iowa State University and received a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry (2009) from the National Institute of Technology. He received his BSc (Chemistry, Physics & Mathematics), BEd and MSc degree in Organic Chemistry from Himachal Pradesh University, India. Dr. Thakur has published more than 125 SCI journal research articles (Google Scholar h-index 61; citations >10,000) in the field of chemical sciences / materials science and holds one United States patent. Eleven of his research papers have been highlighted as Highly Cited Papers in the Web of Science and three papers have been classed as Hot Papers. He has also published 44 books and 35 book chapters on polymer science / materials science / nanotechnology with numerous publishers. 


Haipeng YU is a full Professor and head of Key Laboratory of Wood Science and Engineering of State Forestry Administration, Northeast Forestry University (China). He graduated and received his Ph.D. from Northeast Forestry University. He started as an assistant Professor at Northeast Forestry University in 2005, and was promoted to associate professor and professor in 2007 and 2011. His research interests are focused on wood-based renewable materials and composites, nanocellulose and its nanocomposites. Special attention is dedicated to biomass refinery via green solvents & technologies. He has been involved in the ranks of Young Top-Notch Talents of China, the Young Chang Jiang Scholars Program by Chinese Ministry of Education, and the Excellent Young Scientists Sponsorship Program by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He is also the first-prize winner of Young Teacher Award from Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation. He is member of Nanocellulose Committee of China Technical Association of Paper Industry, committee member of Chinese Society of Cellulose and Renewable Materials, as well as deputy secretary-general of Wood Science Branch of Chinese Forestry Society. He is now a pannelist of Forestry Expert Administrative Group of National Key Research & Development Program, and a judging panel member of Project Review Committee of NSFC. He has served as a reviewer of a number of projects and research papers over the last decade and was supervisor of twenty-five MS and Ph.D. thesis. 


Chaoqun Zhang is a full Professor of College of Materials and Energy, South China Agricultural University (China). Prof. Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2014 from Iowa State University, USA. Following his Ph.D., he served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Sustainable Polymers at University of Minnesota from 2014 to 2015 and at Texas A&M University from 2015 to 2016 before he returned to China. His research interests are focused on vegetable oil based waterborne polyurethanes, plant polyphenol based epoxy resins and carbohydrate-based functional hydrogels. He has published more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has filed more than 10 patents. He has edited a book under the title of “Bio-based Plant Oil Polymers and Composites” 2016, Elsevier. He is the recipient of Distinguished Young Scholars Award of Guangdong Province (2018) and Pearl River Talent Plan (2018).  


Jin Zhu is a Professor of Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Zhu got his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2001 and did postdoctoral research at Cornell University from 2001 to 2003. He worked at several US companies before he returned China in 2009. His research interests are on bio-based polymers, nanocomposites and flame retardancy. Currently, he spends more efforts on bio-based polyesters, bio-based thermosetting polymers, biocomposites and bio-based polymer additives. He has published more than 200 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has more than 90 patents granted. Several technologies have been transferred to industry and successfully commercialized.