Arthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Wood Science and the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI). In 2014, he assumed the governor’s chair for biorefining based at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a complementary appointment at the university’s Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. He also serves in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL.
Professor Ragauskas’s research focuses on understanding and exploiting innovative sustainable bioresources for the circular economy. This multifaceted research seeks to develop new and improved applications for nature’s renewable biopolymers for biofuels, biopower, and bio-based materials and chemicals. His Fulbright-sponsored activities at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, focused on the forest biorefinery and new biofuel conversion technologies for lignocellulosics.
Currently, Professor Ragauskas manages a research group of graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, a research scientist, and visiting scientists. He is the recipient of the 2014 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award, the 2014 ACS Affordable Green Chemistry Award, 2017 AIChE Green Processing Award, 2017 Academia Distinguished Service Award, 2019 AIChE Chase Award, and his students and postdocs have won several awards, including the ACS graduate research award, ORNL UT-Battelle Award, and the ORNL Supplementary Performance Award. His research has been summarised in 828 peer-reviewed publications.