Feng Jiang Receives KINGFA Young Investigator Award

UBC Forestry wishes to congratulate Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Sustainable Functional Biomaterials Feng Jiang who was recently named this year’s recipient of the American Chemical Society’s CELLulose and Renewable Materials Division (ACS CELL) KINGFA Young Investigator Award.

About KINGFA Young Investigator Award

Feng Jiang
Feng Jiang

Determined by a large judging panel, the Award recognizes young researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and renewable materials. It is issued annually and administered by the ACS CELL Division Awards Chair.

Jiang, who was nominated by UBC Forestry professor and Royal Society of Canada Fellow Shawn Mansfield, received the award for his research in advancing the sustainable development of bio-based products from forest and agricultural biomass. His research focuses on converting the abundant natural cellulose into high-value products to substitute petroleum-based products. The materials developed in his lab have been demonstrated to be applicable in various fields including textile and clothing, building insulation, wearable electronics and sensors, water treatment, and energy harvesting and storage. Jiang holds several US Provisional Applications and is also partnering with private companies and First Nation communities to scale up and commercialize the bio-products developed in his lab.

Regarded as an emerging leader in the cellulose and renewable materials field, Jiang’s work is well-recognized and is published in high-impact journals including Nature Materials, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, and ACS Nano. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 5,400 citations.

A flexible and recoverable cellulose aerogel that can exist at extremely cold temperatures of -196 °C for clothing applications
A flexible and recoverable cellulose aerogel that can exist at extremely cold temperatures of -196 °C for clothing applications

“It is an honour to receive this award,” says Jiang. “I work with fantastic colleagues who are an important and integral part of this success.”

Jiang is a multi-award winner. Prior to winning this distinction, he and his project partners were named among the UBC researchers awarded funding through the federal New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2020 Exploration Stream.

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