Jeffrey Catchmark, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Catchmark, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Bioethics
  • Affiliated Faculty of the The Rock Ethics Institute
436 Shortlidge RD
Agricultural Engineering Building, Rm 226

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Cellulose and nanocellulose structure and characterization
  • Bacterial cellulose production
  • Polysaccharide composite materials
  • Polysaccharide based barrier materials to replace plastics
  • Improved paper and paperboard products and processes
  • Bioabsorbable biomedical materials based on polysaccharides


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

Professional Interests

Ethics and bioethics
Ethical leadership and decision making
Ethical Organizational Management

Research on Sustainable Packaging


  • 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.

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.


Novel cross-linked polysaccharide-polyelectrolyte hemostatic foam improves survival compared to CombatGauze in swine femoral artery hemorrhage model
Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Linskey Dougherty, Melissa, Izer, Jenelle M., Kunselman, Allen R., Oh, John S., Chi, Kai, Chen, Caini, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Armen, Scott B., 2023

Electrostatically Complexed Natural Polysaccharides as Aqueous Barrier Coatings for Sustainable and Recyclable Fiber-Based Packaging
ACS applied materials & interfaces, Chi, Kai, He, Jiamu, Lin, Wei Shu, Bokhari, Syed M.Q., Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2023

Preparation and properties of heteroatom-doped bacterial cellulose-derived carbonaceous materials
Carbohydrate Polymer Technologies and Applications, Zhang, Kang, Kang, Zhang, Irmak, Sibel, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2023

Vascularized pancreas-on-a-chip device produced using a printable simulated extracellular matrix
Biomedical Materials (Bristol), Hospodiuk-Karwowski, Monika, Chi, Kai, Pritchard, Justin, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2022

A Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-University Capstone Experience
Resource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Marshall, Megan, 2022

Enhancing the Matrix-Fiber Interface with a Surfactant Leads to Improved Performance Properties of 3D Printed Composite Materials Containing Cellulose Nanofibrils
ACS applied materials & interfaces, Battisto, Evan, Sarsfield, Shea, Lele, Saurabh, Williams, Teague, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Chmely, Stephen C., 2022

Dual-charge bacterial cellulose as a potential 3D printable material for soft tissue engineering
Composites Part B: Engineering, Hospodiuk-Karwowski, Monika, Bokhari, Syed, Chi, Kai, Moncal, Kazim, Ozbolat, Veli, Ozbolat, Ibrahim T., Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2022

Effects of pullulan additive and co-culture of Aureobasidium pullulans on bacterial cellulose produced by Komagataeibacter hansenii
Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, Hu, Hetian, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Demirci, Ali, 2022

Sustainable Paper Coatings for PFAS Replacement - Starch and Cellulose-based PPC Coatings, Nazemi, Parisa, Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2022

Oriented 2D metal organic framework coating on bacterial cellulose for nitrobenzene removal from water by filtration
Gas Separation and Purification, Yin, Xinyang, Tang, Shuo, Yong, Qiang, Zhang, Xueyi, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2021

Structural and physico-chemical characterization of industrial hemp hurd: Impacts of chemical pretreatments and mechanical refining
Industrial Crops and Products, Bokhari, Syed M.Q., Chi, Kai, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2021

Characterization of the supramolecular structures of cellulose nanocrystals of different origins
Cellulose, Agarwal, Umesh P., Reiner, Richard S., Ralph, Sally A., Catchmark, Jeffery, Chi, Kai, Foster, E. Johan, Hunt, Christopher G., Baez, Carlos, Ibach, Rebecca E., Hirth, Kolby C., 2021

A covalently cross-linked hyaluronic acid/bacterial cellulose composite hydrogel for potential biological applications
Carbohydrate Polymers, Tang, Shuo, Chi, Kai, Xu, Hui, Yong, Qiang, Yang, Jian, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2021

Co-culture fermentation on the production of bacterial cellulose nanocomposite produced by Komagataeibacter hansenii
Carbohydrate Polymer Technologies and Applications, Hu, Hetian, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Demirci, Ali, 2021

Biodegradable starch/chitosan foam via microwave assisted preparation: Morphology and performance properties
Polymers, Zhang, Xian, Teng, Zhuangzhuang, Huang, Runzhou, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2020

BcsAB synthesized cellulose on nickel surface: polymerization of monolignols during cellulose synthesis alters cellulose morphology
Cellulose, Basu, Snehasish, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Brown, Nicole R., Anderson, Charles T., Gorniak, Ireneusz P., 2020

Improved cellulose X-ray diffraction analysis using Fourier series modeling
Cellulose, Yao, Wenqing, Weng, Yuanyuan, Catchmark, Jeffery M., 2020

Sustainable starch-based barrier coatings for packaging applications
Food Hydrocolloids, Chi, Kai, Wang, Hui, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2020

Agri-Food Firms, Universities, and Corporate Social Responsibility: What's in the Public Interest?
Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Chiles, R, Glenna, L, Sharma, Amit, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Azzara, C, Maretzki, Audrey, 2020

Study of a novel co-culturing fermentation for bacterial cellulose nanocomposite production
2020 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Hu, Hetian, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Demirci, Ali, 2020

Shear-induced unidirectional deposition of bacterial cellulose microfibrils using rising bubble stream cultivation
Carbohydrate Polymers, Chae, Inseok, Bokhari, Syed, Chen, Xing, Zu, Rui, Liu, Ke, Lu, Ke, Borhan, Ali, Gopalan, Venkatraman, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Kim, S, Kim, Seong, 2020

The formation of Gluconacetobacter xylinum cellulose under the influence of the dye brilliant yellow
Cellulose, Weng, Yuanyuan, Nagle, Brittney, Mueller, Karl, Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2019

Sustainable Development of Polysaccharide Polyelectrolyte Complexes as Eco-friendly Barrier Materials for Packaging Applications
Green Polymer Chemistry: New Products, Processes, and Applications, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Chi, Kai, 2019

Creating faculty buy-in for ethics-across-the-curriculum: Year one of developing an ethics curriculum in an undergraduate biological engineering program
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, Tang, Xiaofeng, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Mendieta, Eduardo, Litzinger, Thomas A., 2018

Agri-food firms, universities, and corporate social responsibility: What's in the public interest?
Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Chiles, Robert M., Glenna, Leland, Sharma, Amit, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Azzara, C. Daniel, Maretzki, Audrey, 2018

Structural properties of starch-chitosan-gelatin foams and the impact of gelatin on MC3T3 mouse osteoblast cell viability
Journal of Biological Engineering, Risser, Gregory E., Banik, Brittany L., Brown, Justin L., Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2017

Crystalline nanocellulose/lauric arginate complexes
Carbohydrate Polymers, Chi, Kai, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2017

Impact of plant matrix polysaccharides on cellulose produced by surface-tethered cellulose synthases
Carbohydrate Polymers, Basu, Snehasish, Omadjela, Okako, Zimmer, Jochen, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2017

Ductility enhancement of autoclaved cellulose fiber reinforced cement boards manufactured using a laboratory method simulating the Hatschek process
Construction and Building Materials, Akhavan, Alireza, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Rajabipour, Farshad, 2017

The impact of antibiotics on bacterial cellulose in vivo
Cellulose, Henning, Alyssa L., Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2017

Sustainable barrier materials based on polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complexes
Green Chemistry, Basu, Snehasish, Plucinski, Adam, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2017

Surface polarity engineering of crystalline nanocellulose using a food-grade surfactant for improved sustainable biocomposites, Chi, K, Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2017

Sustainable barrier materials based on polysaccharides in polyelectrolyte complexation, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Chi, K, 2017

Effect of cellulose crystallinity on bacterial cellulose assembly
Cellulose, Ruan, Changshun, Zhu, Yongjun, Zhou, Xin, Abidi, Noureddine, Hu, Yang, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2016

Mechanical and structural property analysis of bacterial cellulose composites
Carbohydrate Polymers, Dayal, Manmeet Singh, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2016

Cellulose Microfibril Formation by Surface-Tethered Cellulose Synthase Enzymes
ACS Nano, Basu, Snehasish, Omadjela, Okako, Gaddes, David, Tadigadapa, Srinivas, Zimmer, Jochen, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2016

Bioabsorbable cellulose composites prepared by an improved mineral-binding process for bone defect repair
Journal of Materials Chemistry B, Hu, Yang, Zhu, Yongjun, Zhou, Xin, Ruan, Changshun, Pan, Haobo, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2016

Understanding crystallinity change upon production of CNCs
ACS CELL Spring 2016, Agarwal, Umesh, Reiner, R, Hunt, C, Foster, E, Isogai, A, Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2016

Making an impact on grain bin safety training
Resources: American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2016

Effects of exopolysaccharides extracted from Escherichia coli ATCC 35860 on the physical characteristics of bacterial cellulose
ASABE conference proceedings, Liu, Ke, Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2016

Investigation of morphological changes to cellulose via interactions with lignin and clickable designer monolignols
ACS CELL Spring 2016, Basu, Snehasish, Omadjela, O, Anderson, Charles, Zhu, Y, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Zimmer, Jochen, Brown, Nicole, 2016

Surface Functinalization of Crystalline Nanocellulose by a Food-grade Surfactant
ASABE conference proceedings, Chi, Kai, Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2016

Isolation and characterization of two cellulose morphology mutants of Gluconacetobacter hansenii ATCC23769 producing cellulose with lower crystallinity
PLoS One, Deng, Ying, Nagachar, Nivedita, Fang, Lin, Luan, Xin, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Tien, Ming, Kao, Teh Hui, 2015

Cellulose produced by Gluconacetobacter xylinus strains ATCC 53524 and ATCC 23768: Pellicle formation, post-synthesis aggregation and fiber density
Carbohydrate Polymers, Lee, Christopher, Gu, Jin, Kafle, Kabindra, Catchmark, Jeffrey, Kim, Seong, 2015

Cellulose nanocomposites production through coculturing, Liu, Ke, Catchmark, Jeffery M., 2015

3d infrared chemical images for characterizing cellulose nanomaterials, Illman, Barbara, Sedlmair, Julia, Linger, Miriam, Hirschmugl, Carol, Catchmark, Jeff, 2015

Insoluble starch composite foams produced through microwave expansion
Carbohydrate Polymers, Deng, Yuzhi, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., 2014

Engineering of porous bacterial cellulose toward human fibroblasts ingrowth for tissue engineering
Journal of Materials Research, Hu, Yang, Catchmark, Jeffrey M., Zhu, Yongjun, Abidi, Noureddine, Zhou, Xin, Wang, Jinhui, Liang, Nuanyi, 2014

Synergic effects of additives on bacterial cellulose properties, Dayal, Manmeet Singh, Catchmark, Jeffrey, 2014