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Li Shuai

Assistant Professor


Dr. Shuai works on the conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals, and materials. Dr. Shuai received his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the department, he spent ten months as a postdoc in the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation at the University of Delaware and one and a half years as a postdoc in EPFL in Switzerland and worked as a group leader in an industrial R&D department for two years. His work is focused on fundamentally understanding the degradation and condensation behaviors of lignocellulosic components during fractionation and upgrading processes, and designing innovative reaction pathways, solvent systems, and catalysts to improve product selectivity and yield.

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomass fractionation
  • Catalytic conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals
  • Lignin chemistry and lignin valorization
  • Modification of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin
  • Biomass-based polymers and composites

Education

  • B.E., Materials Science and Engineering - Polymer and Composites, 2007, Southwest University of Science and Technology, China
  • Ph. D., Biological Systems Engineering - Biofuels and Bioproducts with Minor in Chemistry, 2012, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Refereed Journal Publications

Shuai, L. and Basudeb Saha. Towards high-yield lignin monomer production. Green Chemistry. 2017,19 (16), 3681-3940.

Shuai, L., M. T. Amiri, Y. M. Questell-Santiago, F. Héroguel, Y. Li, H. Kim, R. Meilan, C. Chapple, J. Ralph and J. Luterbacher. Formaldehyde-based stabilization facilitates lignin monomer production during biomass depolymerization. Science. 2016, 354, 329–333.

Shuai, L., M. T. Amiri, and J. Luterbacher. The influence of lignin’s interunit carbon–carbon linkages during its upgrading. Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. 2016, 2, 58–63.

Shuai, L., Y. M. Questell-Santiago and J. Luterbacher. A mild biomass pretreatment using γ-valerolactone for concentrated sugar production. Green Chemistry. 2016, 18, 937-943.

Shuai, L. and J. Luterbacher. Organic solvent effects in biomass conversion reactions. Chemsuschem. 2016, 9, 133-155.

Shuai, L. and X. Pan. Hydrolysis of cellulose by cellulase-mimetic solid catalyst. Energy and Environmental Science. 2012, 5, 6889-6894.

Li, X., Y. Jiang, L. Shuai and X. Mu. Sulfonated copolymers with SO3H and COOH groups for the hydrolysis of polysaccharides. Journal of Materials Chemistry. 2012, 22, 1283.

Yang, J., H. Xiang and Li Shuai, Sundaram Gunasekaran. A sensitive enzymeless hydrogen-peroxide sensor based on epitaxially-grown Fe3O4 thin film. Analytica chimica acta. 2011, 12, 44-51.

Shuai, L., Q. Yang, J. Zhu, F. Lu, J. Ralph and X. Pan. Comparative study of SPORL and dilute-acid pretreatments of spruce for cellulosic ethanol production. Bioresource Technology, 2010, 3106-3114.

Yang, Q. L. Shuai, J. Zhou, F. Lu and X. Pan. Functionalization of multiwalled carbon nanotubes by pyrene-labeled hydroxypropyl cellulose. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2008, 112, 12934-12939.

Yang, Q., L. Shuai and X. Pan. Synthesis of fluorescent chitosan and its application in noncovalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes. Biomacromolecules, 2008, 9, 3422-3426.

Other Publications

Shuai, L. and J. Luterbacher. A practical way of producing lignin monomers in high yield from lignocellulosic biomass. European Patent App. 16165180.7, 2016.

Shuai, L. and R. Hao. A method of preparing cellulose nanocrystal. CN103910805A, 2013.

Shuai, L. and J. Zhang. A method of preparing xylooligosaccharides. CN103333932A, 2013.

Hao, R., L. Liu and L. Shuai. A formulation of soaping & rinsing enzyme complex and its application. CN102899195A, 2012.

Shuai, L. and X. Pan. Saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass. US9187790 B2, 2012.

Shuai, L. and X. Pan. A method for producing liquid hydrocarbon fuels directly from lignocellulosic biomass. US Patent App. 13/883,755, WO2012064701 A1, 2010.

Conference Proceedings

Shuai, L. and X. Pan. Biohydrocarbons: next generation liquid fuel from biomass. The 4th ISWTPP.

Presentations

Shuai, L.. Quantitative depolymerizaton of lignin at 120 ºC with supported Nickel catalyst. Frontier in Biorefining 2016.

Shuai, L. and J. Luterbacher. A mild biomass pretreatment using γ-valerolactone for concentrated sugar production. SCCER BIOSWEET 2nd Biomass for Swiss Energy Future Conference, 2015.

Shuai, L. γ-valerolactone-based biomass converison processes. SCCER BIOSWEET workshop for liquid fuel production, 2015.

Shuai, L.. Transforming lignocelluloses to sugars and liquid fuels. International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS) Plenary Meeting, 2014.

Pan, X., Li, N., Mei, C. and Shuai, L. Saccharification and lignin fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass in molten salt hydrates system. 2014 AICHE Annual Meeting.

Shuai, L. and X. Pan. Direct conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to furan-based precursor for fuel-grade hydrocarbon. CELL Division, 241st ACS National Meeting.

Shuai, L. and X. Pan. Direct saccharification and fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass in concentrated salt solution at moderate temperature. CELL Division, 241st ACS National Meeting.

Shuai, L. and X. Pan. Direct saccharification and fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass in concentrated salt solution at moderate temperature. 33nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals.

Pan, X. and Shuai, L., Direct conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to drop-in hydrocarbon fuel. 2011 AICHE Annual Meeting.

Pan, X., L. Shuai and J. Zhu. Antioxidant activity of low molecular weight lignin fraction from organosolv pretreatment of wood for ethanol production. The 30st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals.

Pan, X. and L. Shuai, Q. Yang and J. Zhu. SPORL pretreatment for cellulose ethanol production–an update. The 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals.

Awards and Honors

Ph.D. Research Award Gold Prize, International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS). Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship Award.
   

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  • shuai@vt.edu
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