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Arthur Stipanovic

Arthur J. Stipanovic

218 Jahn Lab
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6860/470-6855


Ph.D., 1978, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; 1978-80, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, SUNY-Binghamton; 1980-81, Development Chemist, St. Regis Paper Company; 1981-98, Various research and technology management positions, Texaco R&D, Beacon, NY; Joined the ESF - Department of Chemistry in September 1998.

Dr. Stipanovic is a polymer chemist with interests in biobased, biodegradable materials and analytical technologies to support the wood-based biorefinery. He has taught FCH 552: “Polymer Science: Properties and Technology”, which deals primarily with polymer physical chemistry, characterization, and applications. His teaching experience also includes General Chemistry II (FCH 152) and General Chemistry Lab I and II (FCH 151,153).  Ongoing, externally funded research projects are summarized below:

  1. Reducing the recalcitrance of cellulosic biomass for biofuels production using electron beams and microwaves, jointly with Dr. Mark Driscoll and industrial collaborators. USDA, NYSERDA spnsors.
  2. The impact of solid-state structure and morphology of cellulose on the activity of cellulase enzymes (Yao Chen, M.S. 2005; Jessica Hatch, Ph.D. Candidate); Joint initiative with Cornell University and Dr. Winter of ESF
    (DOE supported).
  3. NMR and TGA methods in the high throughput characterization of lignocellulosic biomass such as fast growng willow species (Michelle Serapiglia and Larry Smart, Cornell Agricultural Station, Geneva, N.Y.). Funding from N.E. Seagrant Initiative. 
  4. Extraction of hemicellulose from biodelignified wood and the development of new applications for xylan hemicellulose as a renewable, biodegradable material (Collaboration with Drs. Amidon and Scott; PSE; USDA McIntire Stennis, Xerox Foundation support; Kunal Mishra, M.S. 2007).  
  5. The production and characterization of thermoplastic, biodegradable, microbial polyesters using wood-based feedstocks such as xylose and levulinic acid (jointly with Dr. Nakas, EFB). Fabrication of polyester blends with cellulose and xylan derivatives.
  6. The fabrication, characterization and release rate modeling of micron-sized controlled release polymer particles for insect pheromones (Patrick Hennessy, MS 2003; Co-PI: Dr. Fran Webster; Financial support from the USDA).
  7. The use of cellulose particles in the development of electro- and magneto-rheological fluids and elastomers in stimuli responsive materials (Shengbin Zhang, Ph.D., May 2004; Financial support from Eastman Chemical Co. and the USDA).

Graduate Advisees

Norman BergeyNorman Bergey

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Stipanovic
  • Area of Study: Polymer Chemistry

Mellony ManningMellony Manning

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hassett and Stipanovic
  • Area of Study: Environmental Chemistry
  • Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (PSE )

Lucia Salamanca-CardonaLucia Salamanca-Cardona

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Stipanovic
  • Area of Study: Polymer Chemistry

Recent Publications

  1. Production and Characterization of Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate From Biodiesel-Glycerol by Burkholderia cepacia ATCC 17759”, C. Zhu, C.T. Nomura, J.A. Perrotta, A.J. Stipanovic, and J. P. Nakas, Biotechnol. Prog., 26 (2), 424-430 (2010).
  2. Electron Beam Irradiation of Cellulose”, M. Driscoll, A. Stipanovic, W. Winter, K. Cheng, M. Manning, J. Spiese, R.A. Galloway, M.R. Cleland, Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 78, 539-542 (2009).
  3. Analysis of Biomass Composition Using High-Resolution Thermogravimetric Analysis and Percent Bark Content for the Selection of Shrub Willow Bioenergy Crop Varieties”, M.J. Serapiglia, K.D. Cameron, A.J. Stipanovic, and L.B. Smart, Bioenergy Research, 2, 1-9 (2009).
  4. An Improved Method for the Hydrolysis of Hardwood Carbohydrates to Monomers”, Samar K. Bose, Vincent A. Barber, Ericka F. Alves, David J. Kiemle, Arthur J. Stipanovic and Raymond C. Francis, Carbohydrate Polymers, 78, 396-401 (2009).
  5. “Quantitative Analysis of Sugars in Wood Hydrolyzates with 1H-NMR During the Autohydrolysis of Hardwoods”, A. Mittal, G.M. Scott, T.E. Amidon, D.J. Kiemle and A.J. Stipanovic, Bioresource Technology, 100, 2398-2406, 2009.
  6. High resolution-thermogravimetric analysis for rapid characterization of biomass composition and selection of shrub willow varieties”, Michelle J. Serapiglia, Kimberly D. Cameron, Arthur J. Stipanovic, and Lawrence B. Smart. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology , 145, 3-11 (2008).
  7. "Effect of Digestion by Pure Cellulases on Crystallinity and Average Chain Length for Bacterial and Microcrystalline Celluloses”, Y. Chen, A.J. Stipanovic, W. T. Winter, D.B. Wilson and Young-Jun Kim, Cellulose, 14(4), 283-293 (2007).

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