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Arthur Ragauskas

Governor’s Chair for Biorefining

Arthur Ragauskas is an authority in bioenergy.

His research is important to uncovering ways to convert biomass to biofuels, biopower, and biomaterials. Specifically, his work focuses on converting plant matter such as lignocellulose, found in the cell walls of energy crops, into biofuels. He also works to uncover applications of bio-based chemicals and materials for use in areas ranging from health care to packing material.

Ragauskas is based in UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a complementary appointment in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at the UT Institute of Agriculture.

He serves in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bio Energy Science Center (BESC).

Bio Pages

UT Knoxville


Facility Site

Biorefinery Site

In the News

January 2020 Ragauskas Helps Lead Biofuel-Related Breakthrough, Gains Honors

February 2017 Quest: Spinning Biomass into Gold

November 2015 UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials


February 2014 from Georgia Tech

Art Ragauskas wears safety goggles in a lab.

Contact Info


UT 865-974-2421
ORNL 865-576-0347

419 Dougherty Engineering Building
1512 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996–2200