Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF)


Daniel Cosgrove

Lead Institution:

Pennsylvania State University


To dramatically increase our fundamental knowledge of the formation and physical interactions of bio-polymer networks in plant cell walls to provide a basis for improved methods for converting biomass into fuels.

Research Topics:

biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, membrane, carbon sequestration, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (self-assembly)

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: polymer, cellulose, biological (DNA, protein), porous
INTERFACES: organic/organic, liquid/solid, solid/solid
NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling, high-throughput screening methods 

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • North Carolina State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech University




BES Staff Contact:

Robert Stack