Welcome to the Foston Lab

.....where solving problems is our objective and chemistry, analytics and engineering are our tools.

We research emerging technologies for exploitation of biomass as a sustainable source for energy, chemicals and materials production:

  • Catalytic depolymerization biopolymers into value-added products
  • Interfacing biological and chemical transformations
  • Novel methods of biomass characterization
  • Synthesis and characterization of biomass-derived monomers, polymers, and composites

Marcus Foston
Assistant Professor

Faculty Fellow,
NSF Center for Engineering Mechanobiology

Open Lab Positions

    Fall 2018 - 3 PhD Student Positions:

  • Catalytic depolymerization of lignin into monomers
  • Interfacing catalytic depolymerization of lignin into its monomers with microbial utilization of lignin monomers to produce bioproducts
  • Plant biomechanics and mechanobiology