Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Bogard Hall 238, Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272
Email: lynam@latech.edu

Areas of Interest

Renewable Energy
Waste-to-Energy
Biomass Pretreatment
Ionic Liquids
Membrane Separation
Biotechnology Research Laboratory

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Louisiana Tech University, September 1, 2016 to present. Researching deconstruction of biomass, teaching, and publishing research results.

Adjunct Faculty, Louisiana Tech University, July 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016. Researching deconstruction of biomass and preparing for tenure-track position at Louisiana Tech University.

Adjunct Faculty, University of Nevada, Reno, September 3, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Researched deconstruction of biomass using ionic liquids and co-solvents for biofuels and published research results.

USDA Fellow, Project Director, Biomass Pretreatment, September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2015: Researched deconstruction of biomass using ionic liquids and co-solvents for biofuels. Conducted study in membrane separation of ionic liquids and cosolvents.

Research Assistant, E-scholars, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 - Mentored diverse first generation college students in STEM disciplines.

Awards and Honors

The Outstanding “Honor the Best” Graduate Student of the University of Nevada, Reno, 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher of the Engineering and Science Colleges Division, University of Nevada, Reno, 2014 and 2012.

USDA Fellowship Award: September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2015 Research grants from University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate Student Association, a $2500 award for each of the years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Outstanding Graduate Student of the Engineering and Science Colleges Division, University of Nevada, Reno, 2013.

Presentation Award, 1st place, Graduate Student Association, University of Nevada, Reno 2013. Patent Award from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications (968 Citations Total)

Md. Shams Arafat; Nazimuddin M. Wasiuddin; Narendra Kumar; Ekugbere O. Owhe; Joan G. Lynam*,   Use of Sustainable Lignin to Enhance Asphalt Binder and Mix Properties, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 217, (2019) 456-468.

Narendra Kumar; Kunal Kupwade-Patil; Rayna Higuchi; David P. Ferrell; Vanya A. Luttrull; and Joan G. Lynam*, Use of Biomass Ash for Development of Engineered Cementitious Binders, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 2018, Volume 6 (10): 13122- 13130. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b02657.

Akbar Saba; Brandon Lopez; Joan G Lynam; and M. Toufiq Reza*, Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Loblolly Pine: Effects of Various Wastes on Produced Biocrude, ACS Omega, 2018 Volume 4 (3): 3051-3059.

Joan G Lynam*; Narendra Kumar; Mark J. Wong, Deep eutectic solvents’ ability to solubilize lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose; thermal stability; and density, Bioresource Technology 2017. Volume 238: 684-689.

Joan G Lynam; Genica I Chow; Phillip L Hyland; and Charles J Coronella, Corn Stover Pretreatment by Ionic Liquid and Glycerol Mixtures with Their Density, Viscosity, and Thermogravimetric Properties, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2016. doi: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b00480

Joan G Lynam; Genica I Chow; Charles J Coronella; Sage R Hiibel, Ionic liquid and water separation by membrane distillation. Chemical Engineering Journal 2016, 288, 557-561. Joan G. Lynam and Charles J Coronella, Loblolly pine pretreatment by ionic liquid-glycerol mixtures, Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 2015, 1-14. doi:10.1007/s13399-015-0183-5

Joan G. Lynam, M. Toufiq Reza, Wei Yan, Charles J. Coronella*, Victor R. Vásquez, Hydrothermal carbonization of various lignocellulosic biomass. Biomass Conversion Biorefinery 2015. Volume 5(2): 173-181. Citations: 12

Lisha Yang, Ji Su, Sarah Carl, Joan G. Lynam, Xiaokun Yang, Hongfei Lin, Catalytic conversion of hemicellulosic biomass to lactic acid in pH neutral aqueous phase media, Applied Catalysis B Environmental 2015. Volume 162: 149-157. Citations: 15

Joan G. Lynam and Charles J Coronella, Glycerol as an ionic liquid co-solvent for pretreatment of rice hulls to enhance glucose and xylose yield, Bioresource Technology 2014. Volume 166: 471-478. Citations: 4

M. Toufiq Reza*, Janet Andert, Benjamin Wirth, Daniela Busch, Judith Pielert, Joan G. Lynam, Jan Mumme 2014. Hydrothermal Carbonization of Biomass for Energy and Crop Production. Applied Bioenergy 2014. Volume 1: 11-29. Citations: 44

M. Toufiq Reza, M. Helal Uddin, Joan G. Lynam, S. Kent Hoekman, and Charles J. Coronella*, Hydrothermal carbonization of loblolly pine: reaction chemistry and water balance, Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 2014. Volume 4: 311-321. Citations: 30

M. Toufiq Reza, Joan G. Lynam, M. Helal Uddin, and Charles J. Coronella, Engineered Pellets from Dry Torrefied and HTC Biochar Blends, Biomass and Bioenergy 2014. Volume: 63: 229-238. Citations: 35

M. Toufiq Reza, Wei Yan, M. Helal Uddin, Joan G. Lynam, S. Kent Hoekman, Charles J. Coronella*, and Victor R. Vásquez, Reaction Kinetics of Hydrothermal Carbonization of Loblolly Pine, Bioresource Technology. 2013. Volume 139: 161-169. Citations: 46

M. Toufiq Reza, Joan G. Lynam, M. Helal Uddin, and Charles J. Coronella, Hydrothermal carbonization: Fate of Inorganics, Biomass and Bioenergy 2013. Volume 49: 86-94. Citations: 81

M. Helal Uddin, M. Toufiq Reza, Joan G. Lynam, and Charles J. Coronella, Effects of water recycling in hydrothermal carbonization of loblolly pine. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 2013. Volume 33: 1309-1315. Citations: 12

Joan G. Lynam, M. Toufiq Reza, Victor R. Vasquez, Charles J. Coronella*, Pretreatment of rice hulls by ionic liquid dissolution. Bioresource Technology 2012. Volume 114: 629-636. Citations: 42

Joan G. Lynam, Charles J. Coronella*,, Mohammad T. Reza, and Victor R. Vasquez, Effect of Salt Addition on Hydrothermal Carbonization of Lignocellulosic Biomass. Fuel 2012. Volume 99: 271-273. Citations: 29

M. Toufiq Reza, Joan G. Lynam, Victor R. Vasquez and Charles J. Coronella*, 2012. Pelletization of biochar from hydrothermally carbonized wood. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 2012. Volume 31: 221-234. Citations: 58

Joan G. Lynam, M. Toufiq Reza, Victor R. Vasquez, Charles J. Coronella*, 2012. Effects of acetic acid and LiCl on lignocellulosic biomass. Bioresource Technology 2012. Volume 114: 629-636. Citations: 70

Book Chapter: Charles J. Coronella*, Joan G. Lynam, M. Toufiq Reza, M. Helal Uddin, Hydrothermal Carbonization of Lignocellulosic Biomass, in Application of Hydrothermal Reactions to Biomass Conversion. 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN: 9783642544576. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-54458-3. Citations: 10

Patent

Provisional Patent Application: Joan G. Lynam, Using Membrane Distillation To Separate Water From Ionic Liquid-Water Mixtures, UNR15-020, U.S. Application no. 62/253,442.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
August 2015
University of Nevada, Reno
Cumulative GPA: 4.0/4.0
Dissertation: Biomass Pretreatment using Ionic Liquid and Glycerol Mixtures
Advisor: Dr. Charles Coronella

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
December 2011
University of Nevada, Reno
Cumulative GPA: 4.0/4.0
Thesis: Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass
Advisor: Dr. Charles Coronella

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University (ABET accredited)
Cleveland, Ohio
Cumulative GPA: 3.9/4.0