Projects B: Analysis of lignocellulosic fiber surface with FPTM

Vinay Khatri (Ph. D. candidate) develops a series of carbohydrate binding modules with varied affinity for hemicelluloses.  He is interested in application of a new approach for biomass polymer detection in various industrial sectors.  

Since he joined the team in 2012, Yannick Hébert-Ouellet (Ph. D. U. Laval) has worked on the development of a new method for characterization of wood fiber surface polymers.  The method under development has been named Fluorescent Protein Tag Method, and is based on the used of specific carbohydrate binding modules. 

Li Cui (Ph. D. U. Tianjin) is the pulp and paper expert of the team.  Li develops enzymatic strategies for controlling refining costs while preserving pulp and paper properties.  He is particularly interested in synergies among CAZymes and their impact on paper.