Tuo Wang Named 2020 DOE CAREER Awardee
Assistant Professor Tuo Wang received a five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the Office of Science of U.S. Department of Energy. The $754,884 grant is for Dr. Wang’s project titled “Atomic Resolution of Lignin-Carbohydrate Interactions in Native Plant Tissues from Solid-State NMR.”
BATON ROUGE, LA- The DOE-funded project aims at developing solid-state NMR methods to characterize the interactions between the phenolic polymer lignin and polysaccharides, which make the biomass recalcitrant to post-harvest processing.
"The fundamental knowledge will advance our understanding of energy storage in plants, form the foundation for optimizing the utility of lignocellulose for energy and biomaterial, and inspire the rational design of synthetic polymers and composites with tunable structure and properties," stated Dr. Wang.
The biophysical methods will enable investigations of many energy-relevant systems such as plants, algae, microbes, as well as carbon-rich materials.
The Wang group has a comprehensive research program on carbohydrate-rich biomaterials, with more than $2 million research funds from NSF, DOE, and NIH. He is the recipient of the 2020 NSF CAREER award and the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. His group is also supported by an NSF EPSCoR grant, an NIH R21 grant, as well as the DOE Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation.
Dr. Tuo Wang received his B.S. degree from Nankai University (Tianjin, China) and started his graduate research at Iowa State University in 2010. In 2014, he moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Prof. Mei Hong and received his Ph.D. degree in January 2016 in the field of physical chemistry from MIT. He continued at MIT for his postdoctoral training and joined the faculty at LSU in the fall of 2017.