Tuo Wang Becomes a Funded PI at DOE EFRC Center

Dr. WangAssistant Professor Tuo Wang became a funded principal investigator at the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF), which is a DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC).

The funds for the first year (2020-2021) are $105,087, with possible renewals for the follow-up years. Funding will support a postdoctoral associate in Wang’s group to employ solid-state NMR and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) methods to determine the cell wall structure of multiple woody plants, such as spruce and poplar.

The CLSF center is focused on developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants, for the purpose of forming a foundation for significant advancement in sustainable energy and materials. The center is hosted by Penn State University, with participating institutions of University of Cambridge, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, North Carolina State University, University of Rhode Island and The University of Texas at El Paso.

Tuo Wang is the recipient of a 2020 NSF CAREER Award and a 2018 NSF EPSCoR fellowship for methodology development of DNP techniques. He also secured an NIH R21 grant for investigating the effects of antifungal drugs on the cell wall development of invading fungal pathogens.

 For additional information about Dr. Wang’s research, visit the Wang Research Group.