US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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J.Y. Zhu

J.Y. Zhu

Research General Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9520
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Current Research

Utilization of underutilied forest resources: forest residues and bark beetle killed trees

Biorefinery process integration for drop in biofuel production

Production of cellulose nanomaterials

Fundamentals on cell wall decontruction and interactions between cell wall components and cellulase enzymes

Research Interests

  • Mechanical and chemical pretreatments of lignocellulose biomass for bioconversion
  • Biorefinery process integration for efficient production of bioenergy and bioproducts
  • Biomass feedstock characterization
  • Fundamentals on cell wall deconstruction and interaction of cell wall components with cellulse enzymes
  • Fiber resources, properties, characterization, and modification
  • Production, characterization, and utilization of cellulose nanomaterials
  • Fiber Production through mechanical and chemical pulping
  • Secondary fiber recovery and utilization

Past Research

Forest thinings for pulp production


Secondary fiber recycling


  • University of California, Irvine, California, Ph.D. Engineering 1991
  • Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China, B.S. Thermal Power Engineering 1983

Professional Experience

  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Institute of Paper Science and Technology, Now Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, GA
    1993 - 2003

Professional Organizations

  • International Academy of Wood Science, Fellow (2012 - Current)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Member (2011 - Current)
    Organizing technical program
  • Bioenergy Research - Associate Editor/Editorial Board, Associate Editor (2011 - Current)
    Editorial board
  • China Pulp and Paper - Editorial Board, Editorial Board Member (2010 - Current)
    Editorial Board
  • TAPPI Journal - Technical Editor/Editorial Board, Technical Editor (2010 - Current)
    Editorial Board
  • Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, Editorial Board Member (2009 - Current)
    Editorial Board
  • State of Wisconsin Focus on Energy, Environment, and Economic Development, Panel Member (2008 - Current)
    Funding panel
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), Sr. Member (1998 - Current)
    Organizing technical program, treasuer, secretary
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), Member (1994 - Current)
    Organizing technical program, standard development,

Awards & Recognition

  • Nationwide USDA R&D, 2011
    Examplary R&D Round Table in Agriculture, Food, Netrition, and Natural Resources, AAAS, Washington, DC

Featured Publications & Products



Research Highlights


Improving the Hydrolysis and Fibrillation of Wood Into Cellulose Nanomaterials

Cellulose nanomaterials have been receiving an increasing amount of interest from both the scientific and industrial communities because of thei ...


New SPORL Process Efficiently Converts Biomass to Sugars and Ferment

Preliminary laboratory evaluation confirms the high performance of the SPORL process for pretreatment of Douglas fir


Scientists discover rapid and near-complete dissolution of wood lignin by a recyclable acid hydrotrope

A low-temperature (below water boiling point) wood fractionation process has the potential for developing disrupting technologies for sustainabl ...


Last updated on : 09/15/2020