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Jeffrey Catchmark, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Director, Graduate Studies
  • Faculty Fellow, The Rock Ethics Institute
Jeffrey Catchmark, Ph.D.
308 Forest Resources Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-0414

Areas of Expertise

  • Nanocomposite materials and coatings
  • Crystalline nanocellulose production and characterization
  • Cellulose synthesis and assembly
  • Microbial cellulose production
  • Interaction of cellulose with other polysaccharides, proteins, and biologically derived polymers
  • Practical development of new biobased materials ranging from sustainable packaging to composites for construction to materials for healthcare.

Education

  1. B.S. Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990
  2. Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1995

Professional Interests

Ethics and bioethics
Ethical leadership and decision making

Teaching

  • B E 303 - Structural Systems in Agriculture (3)
  • B E 460 - Biological Engineering Design I (1)
  • B E 466W - Biological Engineering Design II (3)
  • BRS 502 - Human Behavior and Ethics in Management and Technology (3)

For information about courses please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog.

Select Publications

Basu, S., O. Omadjela, J. Zimmer, and J. M. Catchmark. 2017. Impact of plant matrix polysaccharides on cellulose produced by surface-tethered cellulose synthases. Carbohydrate Polymers 162 : 93-9.

Akhavan, A., J. M. Catchmark, and F. Rajabipour. 2017. Ductility enhancement of autoclaved cellulose fiber reinforced cement boards manufactured using a laboratory method simulating the hatschek process. Construction and Building Materials 135 : 251-9.

Henning, A. L., and J. M. Catchmark. 2017. The impact of antibiotics on bacterial cellulose in vivo. Cellulose 24 (3): 1261-85.

Ruan, C., Y. Zhu, X. Zhou, N. Abidi, Y. Hu, and J. M. Catchmark. 2016. Effect of cellulose crystallinity on bacterial cellulose assembly. Cellulose 23 (6): 3417-27.

M. S. Dayal and J. M. Catchmark. 2016. Mechanical and Structural Property Analysis of Bacterial Cellulose Composites. Carbohydrate Polymers 144:447-53.

Basu, S., O. Omadjela, D. Gaddes, S. Tadigadapa, J. Zimmer, and J. M. Catchmark. 2016. Cellulose microfibril formation by surface-tethered cellulose synthase enzymes. ACS Nano 10(2):1896.

Hu, Y., Y. Zhu, X. Zhou, C. Ruan, H. Pan, and J. M. Catchmark. 2016. Bioabsorbable cellulose composites prepared by an improved mineral-binding process for bone defect repair. J. Mater. Chem. B 4 (7): 1235-46.

Deng, Y., N. Nagachar, L. Fang, X. Luan, J. M. Catchmark, M. Tien, and T. H. Kao. 2015. Isolation and characterization of two cellulose morphology mutants of gluconacetobacter hansenii ATCC23769 producing cellulose with lower crystallinity. PloS one 10, (3): e0119504

Fang, L., and J. M. Catchmark. 2015. Characterization of cellulose and other exopolysaccharides produced from Gluconacetobacter strains. Carbohydrate Polymers 115: 663-669.

Fang, L., and J. M. Catchmark. 2014. Characterization of water-soluble exopolysaccharides from Gluconacetobacter xylinus and their impacts on bacterial cellulose crystallization and ribbon assembly. Cellulose 21(6): 3965-3978.

Fang, L., and J. M. Catchmark. 2014. Structure characterization of native cellulose during dehydration and rehydration. Cellulose 21(6): 3951-3963.

Gu, J. and J. M. Catchmark. 2014. Roles of xyloglucan and pectin on the mechanical properties of bacterial cellulose composite films. Cellulose. 21(1):275-289

Deng, Y. and J. M. Catchmark. 2014. Insoluble starch composite foams produced through microwave expansion. Carbohydrate Polymers. Published online.

Gu, J. and J. M. Catchmark. 2013. Polylactic acid composites incorporating casein functionalized cellulose nanowhiskers. Journal of Biological Engineering. 7(1):31.

Hu, Y., J. M. Catchmark and E. Vogler. 2013. Factors impacting the formation of sphere-like bacterial cellulose particles and their biocompatibility forhuman osteoblast growth. Biomacromolecules 14(10):3444 – 3452.

Guo, J. and J. M. Catchmark. 2013. Binding Specificity and Thermodynamics of Cellulose-Binding Modules from Trichoderma reesei Cel7A and Cel6A. Biomacromolecules.14 (5):1268–1277.

Gu, J. and J. M. Catchmark. 2013. The impact of cellulose structure on binding interactions with hemicellulose and pectin. Cellulose. 1-15. (published online)

Gu, J., J. M. Catchmark, Edward Q. Kaiser, and Douglas D. Archibald. 2013. Quantification of cellulose nanowhiskers sulfate esterification levels. Carbohydrate Polymers. 90(2):1809–1816.

Guo, J., J. M. Catchmark, M. N. A. Mohamed, A. J. Benesi , M. Tien †, T. H. Kao, H. D. Watts, and J. D. Kubicki. 2013. Identification and Characterization of a Cellulose Binding Heptapeptide Revealed by Phage Display. Biomacromolecules. 14 (6):1795–1805.

Lin, S. P., I. L. Calvar, J. M. Catchmark, J. R. Liu, A. Demirci, and K. C. Cheng. 2013. Biosynthesis, production and applications of bacterial cellulose. Cellulose. 1-29.

Gu, J. and J. M. Catchmark, 2012. Impact of hemicelluloses and pectin on Sphere-like bacterial cellulose assembly. Carbohydrate Polymers.  88(2):  547-557.

Guo, J. and J. M. Catchmark. 2012. Surface area and porosity of acid hydrolyzed cellulose nanowhiskers and cellulose produced by Gluconacetobacter xylinus. Carbohydrate Polymers. 87(2): 1026-1037.

Hu, Y., and J. M. Catchmark. 2011.  In-vitro biodegradability and mechanical properties of bioabsorbable bacterial cellulose incorporating cellulase enzymes. Acta Biomater. 7(7): 2835-2845.

Hu, Y., and J.M. Catchmark. 2011. Integration of cellulases into bacterial cellulose: toward bioabsorbable cellulose composites. J. Biomed. Mater. Res. B. 97B (1): 114-123.

Cheng, K. C., A. Demirci, and J. M. Catchmark. 2011. Continuous pullulan fermentation in a biofilm reactor. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 90(3):921-927.

Cheng, K. C., A. Demirci, and J. M. Catchmark. 2011. Evaluation of medium composition and cultivation parameters on pullulan production by Aureobasidium pullulans. Food Science and Technology International 17(2):99-109.

Cheng, K. C., A. Demirci, J. M. Catchmark, and V. M. Puri. 2011. Effects of initial ammonium sulfate concentration on batch kinetics of pullulan production. Journal of Food Engineering 103:115-122.

Cheng, K. C., J. M. Cachmark, and A. Demirci. 2011. Effects of CMC addition on bacterial cellulose production in a biofilm reactor and its paper sheets analysis. Biomacromolecules 12(3):730-736.

Cheng, K. C, A. Demirci, and J. M. Catchmark. 2011. Pullulan: biosynthesis, production and applications. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 92(1):29-44.

Iyer, P., J. M. Catchmark, N. R. Brown, and M. Tien. 2011. Biochemical localization of a protein involved in synthesis of Gluconacetobacter hansenii cellulose. Cellulose 18(3): 739-747.

Zhang, J. and J. M. Catchmark. 2011. A catalytically powered electrokinetic lens: toward channelless microfluidics. Microfluid. Nanofluid. 10:1147–1151.

Iver, P., S. M. Geib, J. M. Catchmark, T. H. Kao, and M. Tien. 2010.>Genome sequence of a cellulose-producing bacterium, Gluconacetobacter hansenii ATCC 23769. Journal of Bacteriology 192(16):4256-4257.

Hu, Y., and J. M. Catchmark. 2010.  Formation and characterization of sphere like bacterial cellulose particles produced by Acetobacter xylinum JCM 9730 strain. Biomacromolecules 11(7):1727-1734.

Hu, Y., and J. M. Catchmark. 2010. Influence of 1-methylcyclopropene(1-MCP) on the production of bacterial cellulose biosynthesized by Acetobacter xylinum under the agitated culture. Letters in Applied Microbiology 51:109-113.

Mohamed, N. A. M., H. D. Watts, J. Guo, J. M. Catchmark, and J. D.Kubicki. 2010. MP2, density functional theory, and molecular mechanical calculations of CH•••π  and hydrogen bond interactions in a cellulose-binding module-cellulose model system. Carb. Res. 345:1741-1751.

Cheng, K. C., A. Demirci, and J. M. Catchmark. 2010. Invited. Advances in biofilm reactors for production of value-added products. 2010. Appl.Microbiol. Biotechnol. 87:445-456.

Cheng, K. C., A. Demirci, and J. M. Catchmark. 2010. Enhanced pullulan production in a biofilm reactor by using response surface methodology. J.Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 37:587-594.

Cheng, K. C., A. Demirci, J. M. Catchmark and V. M. Puri. 2010. Modeling of pullulan fermentation by using a color variant strain of Aureobasidium pullulans. Journal of Food Engineering. 98:353-359.

Cheng, K. C., A. Demirci, and J. M. Catchmark, 2009. Effects of plastic composite support and pH profiles on pullulan production in a biofilm reactor. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 86:853-861.

Cheng, K. C., J. M. Catchmark, and A. Demirci. 2009. Effect of different additives on bacterial cellulose production by Acetobacter xylinum and analysis of material property. Cellulose 16:1033-1045.

Cheng, K., J. M. Catchmark, and A. Demirci.  2009. Enhanced production of bacterial cellulose production by using biofilm reactor and its material property analysis. J Biol. Eng. 3:12.

Ozeki, T., V. Verma, M. Uppalapati, Y. Suzuki, M. Nakamura, J. M.Catchmark, and W. O. Hancock. 2009. Casein modulates both the nature of kinesin binding to surfaces and the activity of surface-immobilized kinesin, Biophysical Journal 96(8):3305-3318.

Verma, V., W. O. Hancock, and J. M. Catchmark. 2009. Nanoscale patterning of kinesin motor proteins and its role in guiding microtubule motility.Biomed. Microdevices 11(2):313-322.

Verma, V., W. O. Hancock, and J. M. Catchmark. 2008. The role of casein in supporting the operation of surface bound kinesin. Journal of Biological Engineering 2(14):1-10. (Participation level: Graduate advisor of senior author.)

Patents Awarded


Catchmark, J. M., G. S. McCarty, A. Hatzor- de Picciotto, G. P. Lavallee, M. A. Rogosky. 2009. Manufacturing method for molecular rulers, Patent No.7,585,334. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Washington, DC.

Paxton, W., A. Sen, T. E. Mallouk, J. M. Catchmark. 2009. Autonomous moving microstructures, Patent No. 7,516,759. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Washington, DC.
 
McCarty, G., J. M. Catchmark, G. P. Lavallee.  2008. Method for simultaneous patterning of features with nanometer scales gaps, Patent No.7,432,039.  U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Washington, DC.

Catchmark, J. M. and G.  Lavallee.  2006. Optical waveguides and grating structures fabricated using polymeric dielectric compositions.  Patent No.6,826,333. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Washington, DC.

Catchmark, J. M.,  G.  Lavallee, and Y. Lee.  2005.  Patterning compositions using E-beam lithography and structures and devices made thereby.  Patent No. 6,919,164. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office.Washington, DC.

Catchmark, J. M. and G. Lavallee. 2005.  Optical and optoelectronic packaging and integration platform with stationary and movable elements.Patent No. 6,921,215. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Washington, DC.

Catchmark, J. M. and G.  Lavallee.  2004.  Optical, optoelectronic and electronic packaging platform, module using the platform, and methods for producing the platform and the module. Patent No. 6,704,488. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Washington, DC.

Catchmark, J. M. and G. Lavallee, 2004.  Optical waveguides and grating structures fabricated using polymeric dielectric compositions. Patent No.6,985,663.  U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Washington, DC.