Feng Jiang

Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Functional Biomaterials

Tier 2 - 2018-01-04
Renewed: 2023-04-01
The University of British Columbia
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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Coming to Canada From

University of Maryland College Park, United States

Research involves

Using sophisticated nanotechnology to develop high value-added, functional materials from forest biomass.

Research relevance

This research will advance wood-based nanotechnology to promote the sustainable development and competitiveness of the Canadian forest product sector.

Research summary

Wood is a sustainable and renewable material that has been widely used in lumber, wood-based panels and pulp. But biomass, the biological material that comes from trees, can be converted into a wide variety of products, not only traditional forest products. As Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Functional Biomaterials, Dr. Feng Jiang aims to develop a cost-effective and energy-efficient means to convert wood residues and other biomass into high-performance, functional, bio-based products.

He and his research team are developing new technologies to isolate and modify lignocellulosic nanomaterials (tiny, nano-sized materials derived from lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose) from biomass residues and convert these into functional materials with commercial potential. Ultimately, their research will help make Canada a leader in the production of renewable and biodegradable products.