Arthur Ragauskas

The Governor’s Chair for Biorefining is Arthur Ragauskas, 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

Appointed In

February 2014

Arthur Ragauskas

Contact Info

UT E-mail: aragausk@utk.edu

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

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

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