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."


Jian He, PhD
Research Scientist
    Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
Ph.D.Organic Chemistry
    Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
PostDoc. Material and Polymer Chemistry
    Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA


Research Focus

Conducting polymers and amphiphilic polymers based on renewable biomass resources

Analysis of lignocellulosic biomass by NMR spectroscopy

Un-natural amino acid (UAA) as fluorescent probe in cell membrane




Yu Gao
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemical Engineering
    Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA


Research Focus

Design and synthesis of catalyst for energy efficient chemical conversion of lignocellulosic feedstock




James Meyer
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemical Engineering
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA


Research Focus

Development of Composite Materials For Hyperthermic Catalyst





Che Tan
Graduate Student
B.S. Agricultural Chemistry
    National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


Research Focus

Energy Efficent Boimass Pretreatment through Microwave Active Composites






Merima Beganovic
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry
    Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


Research Focus

Biological Conversion of Lignin



Undergraduate Students


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



Noah Felvey     Sara Chinnaswamy     Amy Brummer     Cole Davis     Mythili Ramachandran     Lauren Reidy     Ryan Harlan