Marcus Foston, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering and Principal Investigator of the Bioproducts Engineering Lab at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Foston research program seeks to develop innovative and novel routes to exploit and utilize lignocellulosic biomass, taking advantage of materials involved in industries such as agriculture, papermaking, and forestry products. His primary research themes include sustainable conversion of biomass into chemicals using liquid-phase, heterogeneous catalysis; interfacing the catalytic depolymerization of biomass with microbial utilization; and understanding how plant cells respond to mechanical stimulus.
Keywords: conversion of biomass into chemicals; interfacing the catalytic depolymerization of biomass with microbial utilization; cell stimulus response; liquid-phase; heterogeneous catalysis; mechanobiology
Working Group(s): Working Group 2: How do cells adapt to and change their mechanical environment?; Working Group 3: How do cells remember their mechanical environment?; Working Group 4: Crosscutting and Emerging Technologies