Art Ragauskas has been named the recipient of TAPPI's 2014 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award. The award, the highest honor that the Association can bestow upon an individual, will be presented to Dr. Ragauskas at the 2014 PaperCon Conference Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ragauskas is Professor, BioEnergy Science Center, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute of Paper Science and Technology, at Georgia Institute of Technology. He held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI. He is the recipient of the 2014 ACS Affordable Green Chemistry award. His multifaceted research program at Georgia Tech is seeking to understand and exploit innovative sustainable bioresources to develop new and improved applications for renewable biopolymers for biofuels, biopower, and bio-based materials and chemicals.
Ragauskas is an Associate Editor on several major industry journals including Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Industrial Biotechnology, and TAPPI Journal and also serves on several advisory boards and review panels including National Science Academy, USDA, DOE and the TAPPI Research Management Committee. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and H. B.Sc. from University of Western Ontario.