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Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

Eric Singsaas

Annual Report: October 2013

Eric Singsaas is the Director of Research at the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology. He applies his scientific training to research in biofuel and bioproduct production, focusing on developing microbial pathways to produce isoprene from biomass. Eric received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1997 studying the production of isoprene from oak and kudzu leaves. He went on to investigate the impacts of increasing greenhouse gases on forest ecosystems in Free Air CO2 Enrichment experimental systems in North Carolina and Wisconsin. He has studied biological hydrocarbon production and plant-atmosphere gas exchange, working on scales ranging from genes to ecosystems. Eric is an associate professor of biology at UWSP and teaches introductory biology, tree and forest function, plant physiology, and seminars in climate change biology and plant-environment interactions. Chris Szymonski has more than 20 years of experience in process and project engineering at tissue and paper mills, and at personal-products manufacturing facilities. In addition, he has worked as a scientist, developing cellulose-based absorbent structures and composites for personal hygiene products; providing business support and conducting research projects in fields of adhesion, emulsions, spray-drying and fluidizedbed particle coating. Szymonski holds M.S. degrees in chemical engineering and in pulp and paper technology.

Chris Szymonski

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At WIST, Szymonski is performing paper testing, analysis and development work, including operation of the pilot paper plant. He also provides laboratory support to the UW-Stevens Point undergraduate program in paper science and engineering, and will be assisting with WIST’s hands-on courses including papermaking and pulping and bleaching.

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Profile for Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

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Sustainability in research, laboratory services and education; activities of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

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Sustainability in research, laboratory services and education; activities of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

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