Arthur Ragauskas

Governor’s Chair for Biorefining

Arthur Ragauskas is an authority in bioenergy.

He is based in UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries.

Ragauskas serves in the US Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL and as a member of the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC).

Ragauskas’s research is important to uncovering ways to convert biomass to biofuels, biopower, and biomaterials. Specifically, his work focuses on converting plant matter such as lignocellulose, found in the cell walls of energy crops, into biofuels. He also works to uncover applications of bio-based chemicals and materials for use in areas ranging from health care to packing material.

In the News

February 2014 Bioenergy Expert Named Governor’s Chair


February 2014 from Georgia Tech

Arthur Ragauskas

Contact Info


UT 865-974-2421
ORNL 865-576-0347

419 Dougherty Engineering Building
1512 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996–2200

Oak Ridge National Lab
PO Box 2008 MS-6060
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6060