UBC Forestry wishes to congratulate Dr. Feng Jiang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Wood Science, for winning the Faculty’s Research Award.
Dr. Feng Jiang’s research focuses on valorizing undervalued forest biomass and promoting bioeconomy. By using advanced chemistry and nanotechnology, his research has advanced the renewable and sustainable materials development by creating a broad portfolio of bio-based products including textile fibres, packaging films, hydrogel, and foam, showing broad application potentials for sustainable packaging, insulation, health monitoring, and structural components. Feng’s high impact and innovative research on using cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) to enhance the overall mechanical and conductive properties of ionic conductive hydrogels has opened a new area for the use of CNFs in emerging health monitoring field, and it has been cited over 300 times since 2020.
His recent research on sustainable packaging materials development has received broad public attentions and has been covered by over 300 different media, including CBC, CTV, Global News, The Canadian Press, BNN Bloomberg, Globe and Mail, the Weather Network, and Vancouver Sun. His research also strongly supports the bioeconomy of First Nation community, and he has established collaboration with Wet’suwet’en First nation to develop sustainable foam products for packaging and thermal insulation using their post-harvest forest residues.
About the Faculty of Forestry Research Award
This award recognizes the outstanding research accomplishments of a faculty member (Assistant or Associate) early in their career, based on the quality, quantity, and impact of their research in the previous two years. Each department head, in consultation with faculty members, selects one nominee, and from those nominees, a committee, that includes a senior faculty member from each department, selects an award winner. The committee was lucky to have three excellent nominees to select from, reflecting excellence, depth, and breadth of research in the Faculty of Forestry.