Marcus B. Foston, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
    School of Engineering & Applied Science
    Washington University in St. Louis


B.S. Polymer and Textile Chemistry
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
PostDoc Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


My Research Philosophy

"I am passionate about the science, engineering and development of new materials for existing and emerging technologies in biomass utilization. It is immensely satisfying to address what I believe to be some of the world's most growing issues in the future which pertain to meeting global manufacturing and energy demands in a sustainable and green manner. The idea of creatively combining the utilization of NMR and research on renewable material conversion from the feedstock to application is particularly exciting and in my opinion provides an advantage with respect to other groups working on similar problems."




Yu Gao
Graduate Student


B.S. Chemical Engineering
    Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA


Research Focus

Catalytic reductive depolymerization of lignin




James Meyer
Graduate Student


B.S. Chemical Engineering
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA


Research Focus

Mechanisms of lignin extraction





Master's Students

Cheyenne Martins-2016     Andressa Gusmão-2015     Merima Beganovic-2016



Undergraduate Students


Imani Smith     Brock Workman     Jeffrey Steptin     Zayid Oyelami     Austin Smestad     Brian Gersten    


Imani Smith     Mythili Ramachandran     Lauren Reidy     Ryan Harlan     Camille Noblet     Victor Moeira     Samual Bradford     Brock Workman     Jeffrey Steptin     Aja Welch


Noah Felvey     Sara Chinnaswamy     Amy Brummer     Cole Davis     Mythili Ramachandran     Lauren Reidy     Samual Bradford     Imani Smith     Ryan Harlan


Mariah Cushman         Manvitha Marni         Jennifer Elwell         Jeane Xu         Jennifier Biener     Cassandra Fagan     Anshel Axelbaum     Alexandra Rodriguez-Beuerman     Imani Smith     Naomi Micheal