Chang Geun Yoo | Paper and Bioprocess Engineering | SUNY-ESF
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Chang Geun YooAssistant Professor

Chang Geun Yoo

409 Walters Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6516
cyoo05@esf.edu

Research Interests

  • Biological/thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals
  • Bio-based material application
  • Elucidation of biomass and bio-product properties 
  • Development of lignocellulosic biorefinery

Group Webpage: https://sites.google.com/view/esfbel

Courses

  • BPE 300 Introduction to Industrial Bioprocessing
  • BPE 430 Process Operations Laboratory 
  • BPE 438/638 Introduction to Biorefinery Process
  • BPE 498 Research Problem/Bioprocess Engineering 
  • BPE 796 Chemical Engineering Principles/Biomass Conversion 
  • BPE 797 Bioprocess Engineering Seminar 

Education

  • 08/2008 – 07/2012    Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (Major), Biorenewable Resources and Technology (Minor), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
  • 03/2006 – 02/2008    Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
  • 03/1998 – 02/2006    Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

Professional Experience

  • 07/2018 – Present   Assistant Professor, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, USA
  • 09/2015 – 07/2018  Postdoc Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
  • 09/2012 – 08/2015  Postdoc Research Associate, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI, USA

Professional Affiliation

Honors & Awards

  • Robin Hood Oak Award - Distinguished Faculty for Teaching Excellence Award (2020)
  • SOLAR 2020 Award - Advisor of the Year (2020)
  • ORNL UT-Battelle Awards – Postdoctoral Researcher (2017)
  • Supplementary Performance Award ORNL; Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2016)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta; The honor society of Agriculture (2012)
  • Research Excellence Award; Iowa State University (2012)
  • Alpha Epsilon; The honor society of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering (2011)
  • Science and Technology Scholarship (Excellent Scholarship); Hanyang University (2006-2007)
  • Hanyang Fusion Materials Scholarship; Hanyang Fusion Materials (2006-2007)

Recent Publications

Google Scholar Citations: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GP8PmjsAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

2020

  • Yunxuan Wang, Kwang Ho Kim, Keunhong Jeong, Nak-Kyoon Kim, and Chang Geun Yoo, Sustainable biorefinery processes using renewable deep eutectic solvents (2020) Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogsc.2020.100396)
  • Yunxuan Wang, Xianzhi Meng, Keunhong Jeong, Shuya Li, Gyu Leem, Kwang Ho Kim, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J. Ragauskas, and Chang Geun Yoo, Investigation of lignin-based deep eutectic solvent using p-hydroxybenzoic acid for efficient woody biomass conversion (2020) ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03533) [Supplementary Journal Cover]
  • Duo He, Yunxuan Wang, Chang Geun Yoo, Qi-Jie Chen, and Qiang Yang, The fractionation of woody biomass under mild conditions using bifunctional phenol-4-sulfonic acid as catalyst and lignin solvent (2020) Green Chemistry (https://doi.org/10.1039/D0GC01722A)
  • Mi Li, Yunqiao Pu, Valerie M. Thomas, Chang Geun Yoo, Soydan Ozcan, Yulin Deng, Kim Nelson, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, Recent advancements of plant-based natural-fiber-reinforced composites and their applications (2020) Composites Part B: Engineering (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2020.108254)
  • Lan Yao, Long Xiong, Chang Geun Yoo, Chengyu Dong, Xianzhi Meng, Jun Dai, Arthur Ragauskas, Chunlei Yang, Jun Yu, Haitao Yang and Xiong Chen Correlations of physicochemical properties of organosolv lignins from Broussonetia papyrifera with their antioxidant activities (2020) Sustainable Energy & Fuels (https://doi.org/10.1039/D0SE00940G)
  • Liyuan Hou, Deepak Kumar, Chang Geun Yoo, Ivan Gitsov, and Erica L.-W. Majumder, Conversion and removal strategies for microplastics in wastewater treatment plants and landfills (2020) Chemical Engineering Journal (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.126715)
  • Chang Geun Yoo, Xianzhi Meng, Yunqiao Pu, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, The critical role of lignin in lignocellulosic biomass conversion and recent pretreatment strategies: A comprehensive review (2020) Bioresource Technology, 301, 122784 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2020.122784)
  • Anqi Ji, Shuyang Zhang, Samarthya Bhagia, Chang Geun Yoo, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, 3D printing of biomass-derived composites: application and characterization approaches (2020) RSC Advances, 10, 21698-21723 (https://doi.org/10.1039/D0RA03620J)
  • Shuya Li, Zhi-Jun Li, Hyun Yu, Marion Ryan Sytu, Yunxuan Wang, Debora Beeri, Weiwei Zhang, Benjamin D. Sherman, Chang Geun Yoo, and Gyu Leem, Solar-driven lignin oxidation via hydrogen atom transfer with a dye-sensitized TiO2 photoanode (2020) ACS Energy Letters, 5 (3), 777-784 (https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.9b02391)
  • Keunhong Jeong, Hye Jin Jeong, Gunwoo Lee, Sang Hoon Kim, Kwang Ho Kim, and Chang Geun Yoo, Catalytic effect of alkali and alkaline earth metals in the lignin pyrolysis: A density functional theory study (2020) Energy & Fuels (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c01897)
  • Jingshun Zhuang, Mi Li, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J. Ragauskas, and Chang Geun Yoo, Observation of potential contaminants in processed biomass using Fourier transform infrare spectroscopy (2020) Applied Sciences, 10 (2), 4345 (https://doi.org/10.3390/app10124345)
  • Xianzhi Meng, Samarthy Bhagia, Yunxuan Wang, Yang Zhou, Yunqiao Pu, John R. Dunlap, Li Shuai, Arthur J. Ragauskas, and Chang Geun Yoo, Effects of the advanced organosolv pretreatment strategies on structural properties of woody biomass (2020) Industrial Crops and Products, 146, 112144 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2020.112144)
  • Kwang Ho Kim, Chang Soo Kim, Yunxuan Wang, Chang Geun Yoo, An integrated process for the production of lactic acid from lignocellulosic biomass: from biomass fractionation and characterization to chemocatalytic conversion with lanthanum (III) triflate (2020) Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 59 (23), 10832-10839 (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.0c01666)
  • Nathan Bryant, Chang Geun Yoo, Yunqiao Pu, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, 2D HSQC chemical shifts of impurities from biomass pretreatment (2020) ChemistrySelect, 5 (11), 3359-3364 (https://doi.org/10.1002/slct.202000406)
  • Lei Zhong, Liyuan Yang, Chao Wang, Xingxiang Ji, Guihua Yang, Jiachuan Chen, Gaojin Lyu, Feng Xu, and Chang Geun Yoo, NaOH-aided sulfolane pretreatment for effective fractionation and utilization of willow (Salix matsudana cv. Zhuliu) (2020) Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.0c01208)
  • Chen Huang, Guigan Fang, Yang Zhou, Xinghu Du, Longxiang Yu, Xianzhi Meng, Mi Li, Chang Geun Yoo, Bingwei Chen, Shengcheng Zhai, Qiyuan Guan, Qiang Yong, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, Increasing the carbohydrate output of bamboo using a combinatorial pretreatment (2020) ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 8 (19), 7380-7393 (https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01126)
  • Nathan D. Bryant, Yunqiao Pu, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, Gerald A. Tuskan, Wellington Muchero, Udaya C. Kalluri, Chang Geun Yoo, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, Transgenic poplar designed for biofuels (2020) Trends in Plant Science (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2020.03.008)
  • Haitao Yang, Yuhang Zhang, Chang Geun Yoo, Xianzhi Meng, Xiong Chen, Arthur J. Ragauskas, and Lan Yao, Physico-chemical properties of lignin fractions from acid pretreated corn stover and their effects on enzymatic hydrolysis of microcrystalline cellulose (2020) BioResources, 15 (3), 4898-4911 (DOI: 10.15376/biores.15.3.4898-4911)
  • Lei Zhong, Miaomiao Xu, Chao Wang, Lupeng Shao, Jianzhen Mao, Weikun Jiang, Xingxiang Ji, Guihua Yang, Jiachuan Chen, Gaojin Lyu, Chang Geun Yoo, and Feng Xu Pretreatment of willow using the alkaline-catalyzed sulfolane/water solution for high-purity and antioxidative lignin production (2020) International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 159, 287-294 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2020.05.074)

2019

  • Kwang Ho Kim, Aymerick Eudes, Keunhong Jeong, Chang Geun Yoo, Chang Soo Kim, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Integration of renewable deep eutectic solvent with engineered biomass to achieve a closed-loop biorefinery (2019) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116 (28), 13816-13824 (https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1904636116)
  • Osbert Yu, Chang Geun Yoo, Chang Soo Kim, and Kwang Ho Kim, Understanding the effects of ethylene glycol-assisted biomass fractionation parameters on lignin characteristics using a full factorial design and computational modeling (2019) ACS Omega, 4 (14), 16103-16110 (https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b02298)
  • Kwang Ho Kim, Yunxuan Wang, Masatsugu Takada, Aymerick Eudes, Chang Geun Yoo, Chang Soo Kim, and Jack Saddler, Deep eutectic solvent pretreatment of transgenic biomass with increased C6C1 lignin monomers (2019) Frontiers in Plant Science, 10: 1774 (https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01774)
  • Jinhua Ding, Chang Geun Yoo, Yunqiao Pu, Xianzhi Meng, Samarthya Bhagia, Chongwen Yu, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Cellulolytic enzyme-aided extraction of hemicellulose from switchgrass and its characteristics (2019) Green Chemistry, 21, 3902-3910 (https://doi.org/10.1039/C9GC00252A)
  • Zhi-Hua Liu, Somnath Shinde, Shangxian Xie, Naijia Hao, Furong Lin, Chang Geun Yoo, Mingjie Jin, Arthur J. Ragauskas, and Joshua Yuan, Cooperative valorization of lignin and residual sugar to polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) for enhanced yield and carbon utilization in biorefinery (2019) Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 3, 2024-2037 (https://doi.org/10.1039/C9SE00021F)
  • Hongli Xie, Nancy L. Engle, Sivasankari Venketachalam, Chang Geun Yoo, Jaime Barros, Mitch Lecoultre, Nikki Howard, Guifen Li, Liang Sun, Avinash C Srivastava, Sivakumar Pattathil, Yunqiao Pu, Michael G. Hahn, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Richard S. Nelson, Richard A. Dixon, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, Elison Blancaflor, Yuhong Tang, Combining loss of function of FOLYLPOLYGLUTAMATE SYNTHETASE1and CAFFEOYL-COA 3-O-METHYLTRANSFERASE1 for lignin reduction and improved saccharification efficiency in Arabidopsis thaliana (2019) Biotechnology for Biofuels, 12 (108) (https://doi.org/10.1186/s13068-019-1446-3)
  • Lan Yao, Chang Geun Yoo, Yunqiao Pu, Xianzhi Meng, Wellington Muchero, Gerald A. Tuskan, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, Arthur J. Ragauskas, and Haitao Yang, Physicochemical changes of cellulose and their influences on Populus trichocarpa digestibility after different pretreatments (2019) BioResources, 14 (4), 9658-9676 (DOI: 10.15376/biores.14.4.9658-9676)
  • Ninad Kothari, Samarthya Bhagia, Maher Zaher, Yunqiao Pu, Ashutosh Mittal, Chang Geun Yoo, Michael E. Himmel, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Rajeev Kumar, Charles E. Wyman (2019) Cellulose hydrolysis by Clostridium thermocellumis is agnostic to substrate structural properties in contrast to fungal cellulases, Green Chemistry, 21, 2810-2822 (https://doi.org/10.1039/C9GC00262F)
  • Mi Li, Chang Geun Yoo, Yunqiao Pu, Ajaya K. Biswal, Allison K. Tolbert, Debra Mohnen, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, Downregulation of pectin biosynthesis gene GAUT4 leads to reduced ferulate and lignin-carbohydrate cross-linking in switchgrass (2019) Communications Biology 2:22 (https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-018-0265-6)
  • Yongil Yang, Chang Geun Yoo, William Rottmann, Kimberly A. Winkeler, Cassandra M. Collins, Lee E. Gunter, Sara S. Jawdy, Xiaohan Yang, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Gerald A. Tuskan, and Jin-Gui Chen, PdWND3A, a wood-associated NAC domain-containing protein, affects lignin biosynthesis and composition in Populus (2019) BMC Plant Biology, 19: 486 (https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-019-2111-5)
  • Jin Zhang, Mi Li, Anthony C. Bryan, Chang Geun Yoo, William Rottmann, Kimberly A. Winkeler, Cassandra M. Collins, Vasanth Singan, Erika A. Lindquist, Sara S. Jawdy, Lee E. Gunter, Nancy L. Engle, Xiaohan Yang, Kerrie Barry, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, Jeremy Schmutz, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Gerald A. Tuskan, Wellington Muchero, and Jin-Gui Chen, Overexpression of a serine hydroxymethyltransferase increases biomass production and reduces recalcitrance in the bioenergy crop Populus (2019) Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 3, 195-207 (https://doi.org/10.1039/C8SE00471D)

Book Chapters

  • Chang Geun Yoo, Yunqiao Pu, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, Chapter: Measuring biomass-derived products in biological conversion and metabolic process, Book title: Metabolic Pathway Engineering (Series: Methods in Molecular Biology), Vol. 2096, Editors: Michael E. Himmel and Yannick Bomble, Springer Nature, 2020, ISBN 978-1-07-160195-2
  • Chang Geun Yoo, Arthur J. Ragauskas, and Yunqiao Pu, Chapter: Measurement of physicochemical properties of lignin, Book title: Understanding lignocellulose: Synergistic computational and analytic methods, Editors: Micholas Dean Smith, ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1338, 33-47, DOI: 10.1021/bk-2019-1338.ch003, 2019, American Chemical Society, ISBN13: 9780841236424
  • Yunqiao Pu, Xianzhi Meng, Chang Geun Yoo, Mi Li, and Arthur J. Ragauskas, Chapter: Analytical methods for biomass characterization during pretreatment and bioconversion, Book title: Valorization of lignocellulosic biomass in a biorefinery: From logistics to environmental and performance impact, Editors: Rajeev Kumar, Seema Singh and Venkatesh Balan, Nova Science Publishers, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-63485-843-4
  • Chang Geun Yoo and Xuejun Pan, Chapter: Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass, Book title: Bioenergy: Principles and Applications, Editors: Yebo Li and Samir Kumar Khanal, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016, ISBN: 978-1-118-56831-6
  • Chang Geun Yoo and Xuejun Pan, Chapter: Fuel Ethanol from Lignocellulosic Biomass, Book title: The Handbook of Clean Energy Systems, Editor: Jinyue Yan, Wiley, 2015, DOI: 10.1002/9781118991978.hces108

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Anqi JiAnqi Ji
aji102@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yoo
  • Area of Study: FCH Environmental Chemistry

Mandeep PooniaMandeep Poonia
m10001@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yoo
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering

Yunxuan WangYunxuan Wang
ywang558@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yoo
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering

Mairui ZhangMairui Zhang
mzhang60@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yoo
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering

Jingshun ZhuangJingshun Zhuang
jzhuan02@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yoo
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering