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Nicole R. Brown, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Wood Chemistry
  • Program Coordinator, BioRenewable Systems (BRS) Major
Nicole R. Brown, Ph.D.
203 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email:
Work Phone: 814-865-7423

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemistry of lignocellulosic materials
  • Bio-based polymers
  • Wood adhesives and composites

Education

  1. B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1997)
  2. Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2004)

Teaching:

  • BRS 300 - Introduction to Biorenewable Products
  • BRS 393 - Bioresources Industry Tour
  • BRS 411 - Biobased Fiber Science
  • BRS 501 - Biobased Polymers

For information about courses please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog.

Professional Affiliations:

Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division of the American Chemical Society (Member at Large on Executive Committee 2014 – 2016, Events Chair 2015 – 2017).
Member, Society of Wood Science and Technology

Recent Projects:

  • How lignin influences the morphology of cellulose synthesized enzymatically on nickel surfaces
  • Mechanical behavior of plant cell walls following thermal exposures
  • Lignin model compounds representing quinone methides react with selected nucleophilic amino acids
  • Developing a new foundry fuel source from industrial, bio-based co-products
  • Differences in viscoelastic behavior among selected wood species

Previous projects:

  • Alignment of Bacterial Cellulosic Materials
  • Radio Frequency (RF) Cycle Times and Polyvinyl Acetate Adhesive Performance
  • Effect of 2,4 - MDI Isomer Ratio Content on PMDI-Wood Adhesion and Composite Performance
  • Isocyanate Resin and Species Dependent Performance
  • Co-monomer Distribution in Polyvinyl Acetate Latex

Publications:

Brett G. Diehl, Nicole R. Brown.  2014.  Lignin cross-links with cysteine- and tyrosine-containing peptides under biomimetic conditions.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 62(42):  10312-9.  

Timothy M. Byrne, Xin Gu, Pin Hou, Fred S. Cannon, Nicole R. Brown, Cesar Nieto-Delgado.  2014.  Quaternary nitrogen activated carbons for removal of perchlorate with electrochemical regeneration.  Carbon 73:1-12.

Brett G. Diehl, Heath D. Watts, James D. Kubicki, Matthew R. Regner, John Ralph, Nicole R. Brown.  2014.  Towards lignin-protein crosslinking:  amino acid adducts of a lignin model quinone methide.  Cellulose 21(3): 1395-1407.

Chandraprakash Chindam, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Nicole R. Brown, Wasim Orfali, Osama O. Awadelkarim.  2014.  Frequency- and temperature-dependent storage and loss moduli of microfibrous thin films of Parylene C.  Materials Letters 116: 296-298.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2013.11.054

Pin Hou, Fred S. Cannon, Nicole R. Brown, Timothy Byrne, Xin Gu, Cesar Nieto Delgado.  2013.  Granular activated carbon anchored with quaternary ammonium/epoxide-forming compounds to enhance perchlorate removal from groundwater.  Carbon 53: 197-207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2012.10.048

Yi Xu, Chin-Fu Chen, Tina P. Thomas, Parastooo Azadi, Brett Diehl, Chung-Jui Tsai, Nicole Brown, John Carlson, Ming Tien, Haiying Liang.  2013.   Wood chemistry analysis and expression profiling of a poplar clone expressing  tyrosine-rich peptide.  Plant Cell Reports 32(12): 1827-1841.   doi:10. 1007/ s00299-013-1496-0

Pin Hou, Fred S. Cannon, Cesar Nieto-Delgado, Nicole R. Brown, Xin Gu.  2013.  Effect of preparation protocol on anchoring quaternary ammonium/epoxide-forming compound into granular activated carbon for perchlorate adsorption:  Enhancement by Response Surface Methodology. Chemical Engineering Journal 223: 309-317.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2013.03.006

Brett G. Diehl, Nicole R. Brown, Curtis W. Frantz, Matthew R. Lumadue, Fred S. Cannon.   2013.  Effects of pyrolysis temperature on the chemical composition of refined softwood and hardwood lignins.  Carbon 60: 531-537.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2013.04.087

Fang Cong, Brett G. Diehl, Joseph Lee Hill, Nicole R. Brown, Ming Tien.  2013.  Covalent bond formation between amino acids and lignin:  Cross-coupling between proteins and lignin.  Phytochemistry 96: 449-456.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.phytochem.2013.09.012

Vivek Verma, Jeffrey M Catchmark, Nicole R Brown, William O Hancock.  2012.   Microtubule asters as templates for nanomaterials assembly.  Journal of Biological Engineering. 6:23. doi:10.1186/1754-1611-6-23, http://www.jbioleng.org/content/6/1/23

Matthew R. Lumadue, Fred S. Cannon, Nicole R. Brown.   2012.  Lignin as both fuel and fusing binder in briquetted anthracite fines for foundry coke substitute.  Fuel.  97: 869-875.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2012.02.061

John T. Fox, Fred S. Cannon, Nicole R. Brown, He Huang, James C. Furness.  2012. Comparison of a new, green foundry binder with conventional foundry binders.  International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. 34: 38-45.

Prashanti R. Iyer, Jeffrey M. Catchmark, Nicole R. Brown and Ming Tien.  Biochemical localization of a protein involved in synthesis of acetobacter xylinum cellulose.  Cellulose.  2011.  DOI: 10.1007/s10570-011-9504-4  

Thomas C. Ruffing, Nicole R. Brown, Paul M. Smith and Wenping Shi.  Global Formaldehyde Emission Standards.  Wood and Fiber Science.  2011  43(1): 21-31.

Thomas C. Ruffing, Paul M. Smith, and Nicole R. Brown.  Resin suppliers' perspectives on the "greening" of the North American interior wood composite panel market.  Forest Products Journal.  2010  60(2):119-125.

Thomas C. Ruffing, Nicole R. Brown, Jone S. Cionni, Timothy Takah, Timothy S. McCracken, William J. Nicola.  Effects of Isomer Ratio on pMDI Resin Reactivity and Oriented Strandboard Properties.  Wood and Fiber Science.  2009.  41(4): 366-372.  

Thomas C. Ruffing, Nicole R. Brown, Vikram Yadama, Jone S. Cionni, Timothy Takah, Timothy S. McCracken, William J. Nicola.  Effect of Maleic Anhydride Polypropylene Co-polymer Addition on the Physical and Mechanical Properties of pMDI Bonded OSB Panels.  Forest Products Journal.  2009.  59(10): 47-51.

Haiying Liang, Christopher J. Frost, Xiaoping Wei, Nicole R. Brown, John E. Carlson, Ming Tien.  A Novel Approach Toward Lignin Modification to Facilitate Cellulosic Ethanol Production:  Introducing a Tyrosine-rich Cell Wall Peptide Gene in Poplar.  CLEAN Soil, Air, Water.  2008.  36(8):662-668.

Timothy M. Gruver, Nicole R. Brown, Jone S. Cionni, Timothy S. McCracken, William J. Nicola, Timothy Takah.  Effects of Selected Wood Species and Moisture Content on pMDI Resin Application and Panel Properties.  Wood and Fiber Science.  2008.  40(2):  242-247.  

Brian W. Beakler, Paul R. Blankenhorn, Nicole R. Brown, Matthew S. Scholl, Lee R. Stover.  Quantification of the VOCs from Kiln Drying Red Oak and White Oak Lumber (Part I).  Forest Products Journal.  2007.  57(11):27-32.  

Nicole R. Brown, Charles E. Frazier. Cross-linking Poly[(vinyl acetate)-co-N-methylolacrylamide] Latex Adhesive Performance: Part I, N-methylolacrylamide (NMA) Distribution. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. 2007. 27: 547-553.

Nicole R. Brown, Joseph R. Loferski, Charles E. Frazier. Cross-linking Poly(vinyl acetate-co-N-methylolacrylamide) Latex Adhesive Performance: Part II, Fracture Mechanics and Microscopic Durability Studies. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. 2007. 27: 554-561.

Timothy Michael Gruver, Nicole R. Brown. Penetration and Performance of Isocyanate Wood Binders on Selected Wood Species. Bioresources Journal. 2006. 1(2): 233-47.

Nicole R. Brown, Charles E. Frazier. Synthesis of Labeled Acrylamide and N-methylolacrylamide (NMA): 15N-acrylamide, 13C-NMA, 15N-NMA, and 13C,15N-NMA. Journal of Labelled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals. 2005. 48: 1031-1039.

Timothy M. Gruver, Nicole R. Brown, Jone S. Cionni, Timothy S. McCracken, William J. Nicola, Timothy Takah. Investigation of Wood Species and Moisture Content on pMDI Resin Application and Panel Properties. Proc. of the 29th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society. 2006. 184-186.

Austin E. Graybill, Nicole R. Brown. Influence of Radio Frequency Time on the Performance of Poly(vinyl acetate) Latex Adhesives. Wood Adhesives 2005. Forest Products Society. 2006. 107-110.

Timothy M. Gruver, Nicole R. Brown. Macroscopic and Microscopic Considerations on the Effect of Wood Species and Moisture Content on pMDI/Wood Adhesion. Wood Adhesives 2005. Forest Products Society. 2006. 123-125.

Timothy M. Gruver, Nicole R. Brown. Penetration and Performance of pMDI Resin on Selected Wood Species. Proc. of the 28th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society. 2005. 483-485.

Research Interests

Wood, cellulose, lignin, biobased materials and polymer chemistry