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Raymond Francis

Raymond C. Francis
Research Associate

311 Walters Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6525/470-6501



Obtained Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from University of Toronto in 1982. Obtained Ph.D in same discipline from the same university in 1987. Joined the PBE Faculty as a Research Associate in May 1987.

Courses Taught

  • PSE 372 Heat Transfer
  • PSE 473 Mass transfer

Research Areas

Wood Chemistry, Pulping, Bleaching, and Biobased Materials


Vice Chair of the TAPPI Wood Chemistry Committee from 1998-2000. Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Wood Chemistry.

Current Graduate Advisees

Daniel NicholsonDaniel Nicholson

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Francis and Lai
  • Area of Study: Paper and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (PSE )

Publications (last 5 years)

Francis, R. C., Brown, A. F., Hanna, R. B. and Kamdem, D. P., "The DN 30 Hybrid Poplar – A Fiber Source for High Strength Hardwood Pulps", Submitted to Tappi J. (August 2002).

Francis, R. C., Granzow, S. G. and Amidon, T. E., "Soda/Quinone Pulping of Three Hardwoods", to be submitted to Tappi J. (October 2002).

Francis, R. C., Chaiarrekij, S. and Ramarao, B. V., "Preliminary Results on Hydrogen Peroxide Addition to Chlorine Dioxide Bleaching Stages", accepted with minor revisions by J. Wood Chem. Technol. (August 2002).

Francis, R.C., Hausch, D.L., Xu, E.C. and Kamdem, D.P., "Hardwood Chemimechanical Pulps-Sulfonation Versus Hydrogen Peroxide Pretreatment", Appita J. 54:439 (2001).

Francis, R.C., Hausch, D.L., Granzow, S.G., Makkonen, H.P. and Kamdem, D.P., "Fiber Yield for Fully Bleached Kraft Pulps from Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and Silver Maple(Acer saccharinum)", Holz als Roh-und Werkstoff, 59:49 (2001).

Negri, A.R., Jimenez, G., Hill, R.T. and Francis, R.C., "Caroate (Peroxymonosulfate) Delignification Catalyzed by Cobalt and Copper Cations", Cell. Chem. Technol. 34 :139(2000).

Bose, S.K. and Francis, R.C., "The Role of b-O-4 Cleavage in Acidic Organosolv Pulping of Softwoods" J. Pulp Pap. Sci. 25 (12):425 (1999).

Bose, S.K., Wilson, K.L., Hausch, D.L. and Francis, R.C., "Lignin Analysis by Permanganate Oxidation. II. Lignins in Acidic Organosolv Pulps", Holzforschung, 53:603 (1999).

Bose, S.K., Wilson, K.L., Aoyama, M. and Francis, R.C., "Lignin Analysis by Permanganate Oxidation. I. Native Spruce Lignin", Holzforschung, 52: 297 (1998).

Negri, A.R., Jimenez, G., Hill, R.T. and Francis, R.C., "Caroate (Peroxymonosulfate) Delignification IV. The Generation and Role of Hydroxyl Radicals" Tappi J., 81(5):241 (1998).

Zhang, X.-Z., Francis, R.C., Dutton, D.B., and Hill, R.T., "Decomposition of Peracetic Acid Catalyzed by Cobalt (II) and Vanadium (V)", Can. J. Chem. 76:1064 (1998).

Zhang, X.-Z., Francis, R. C., Dutton, D. B., and Hill, R. T., "The Role of Transition Metals Species in Delignification With Distilled Peracetic Acid", J. Wood Chem. Technol. 18 (3):253 (1998).

Francis, R.C., Zhang, X.-Z., Devenyns, J. and Troughton, N.A., "Caroate Delignification III. In Combination with Ozone", Tappi J. 80(7):171(1997).

Froass, W.C., Francis, R.C., Dence, C.W. and LeFevre, G., "The Interactions of Calcium, Magnesium, and Silicate Ions Under Alkaline Conditions" J. Pulp Pap. Sci. 23:318 (1997).

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