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Research Projects


Current Projects


SNM: Continuous Vapor-Phase Processes for Nano-Functional Fibrous Materials Manufacturing Parsons, G./ Khan, S. / Losego, M. / Rojas, O.J. / Dong, J. National Science Foundation $999,809 12/01/2013 through 11/30/2017

(title undisclosed) Genzer, J / Kirill, E. / Srogl, J. / Rojas, O.J. / Pourdeyhimi, B. Groz-Beckert $286,998 08/01/13 through 07/30/16

(title undisclosed) Genzer, J / Kirill, E. / Srogl, J. / Rojas, O.J. / Pourdeyhimi, B. Groz-Beckert $769,170 08/01/13 through 07/30/16

Non-Crosslinked Cellulosic Acquisition Fiber Rojas, O.J., Pourdeyhimi, B. Attends Healthcare Products, Inc $118,155 11/01/13 through 10/31/14

Soy Protein Lipoxygenases for Control of Tacky Deposits and Increased Brightness in Papermaking Rojas, O.J. United Soybean Board $81,000 07/01/2013 through 06/30/2014

Lignin as a Material Platform for High Value-Added Macromolecules Willoughby, J. / Rojas, O.J. US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture $133,000 06/01/2013 through 05/31/2015

Multidisciplinary Doctoral Education in Bio-based Materials Science & Engineering and Technology Management Rojas, O.J./Markham, S. /Venditti, R. /Phillips, R. / Gonzalez, R. US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture $238,500 02/15/2013 through 02/14/2018

MRI: Acquisition of an extreme-resolution low-voltage scanning electron microscope Maria, J-P / Dickey, E. / Velev, O. / Rojas, O. / Jur, J. NSF, DMR Division of Materials Research MPS Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences $740,000 09/15/13 through 08/31/14

Biobased Materials for High Performance Composites Kara, P. / Rojas, O.J. RISF, NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding $100,000 08/01/12 through 07/30/13 Functional Cellulose Acetate Hybrid Fibers Rojas, O.J. / Khan, S. / Parssons, G. Eastman Chemical $409,645 08/01/13 through 07/30/16

(title undisclosed) Rojas, O.J. / Khan, S. / Shim, E. Groz-Beckert $384,518 08/01/13 through 07/30/16

(title undisclosed) Rojas, O.J. / Genzer, J / Srogl, J. Groz-Beckert $165,143 08/01/13 through 07/30/16

NSF-PASI Institute: Polymer and Composite Materials from Renewable Resources and Biorefinery: from Chemistry to Applications Auad, M.L. / Rojas, O.J. National Science Foundation $100,000 08/01/12 through 07/30/13

Cellulose nanocrystals as additive and reinforcing agent in melt-spinning of polyethylene and polypropylene Rojas, O.J. / Genzer, J. Nonwovens Instiute, NCSU $142,152.00 01/2013 through 12/2015

Development of anti-biofouling coatings on PET fibers for Specific attachment of biological antibodies and for removal of heavy metals and toxins from waste water Genzer, J. / Rojas, O.J. Nonwovens Instiute, NCSU $142,152.00 01/2013 through 12/2015

Soy Protein Lipoxygenases for Control of Tacking Deposits and Increased Brightness in Papermaking Rojas, O.J. / Hubbe, M.A. Smith, Bucklin & Associates, LLC (United Soybean Board) $67,000.00 07/01/2012 through 06/30/2013

Surface Finishes From Soybean Proteins Rojas, O.J. / Lucia, L. Smith, Bucklin & Associates, LLC (United Soybean Board) $90,862.00 11/01/2011 through 10/31/2012

Paper Fiber Mat Wetting Agent Rojas, O.J. / Lucia, L. / Hubbe, M.A. Smith, Bucklin & Associates, LLC (United Soybean Board) $95,662.00 11/01/2011 through 10/31/2012

Production of High Value Nanomaterials from Mountain Pine Beetle-Killed Lodgepole Pine Rojas, O.J. US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)) $179,962.00 08/22/2011 through 09/30/2013

Disposable, High-Throughput, High-Capacity Antibody Capture Membranes with an In-Line Sensor Carbonell, R. G. / Rojas, O.J. / Pourdeyhimi, B. NC Biotechnology Center $250,000.00 12/01/2011 through 11/30/2013

Enabling Nanocellulose in Composites and Coatings By Local Thermal Analysis Rojas, O.J. US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service $95,000.00 07/13/2011 through 08/31/2012

Biorefinery Lignins As Stabilzers Of Emulsions For Power Generation Rojas, O.J. / Willoughby, J.C. University of Tennessee (US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)) $149,021.00 10/15/2011 through 10/14/2013

Integrated Biorefinery at the Domtar Mill in Plymouth Jameel, H. / Rojas, O.J. / Venditti, R.A. / Chang, H.-M. Domtar Paper Company, LLC (US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)) $905,204.00 04/04/2012 through 04/30/2014

Surface Finishes from Soybean Proteins Rojas, O.J. / Lucia, L. Smith, Bucklin & Associates, LLC (United Soybean Board) $49,800.00 08/01/2010 through 10/31/2011

Paper Fiber Mat Wet End Agent Rojas, O.J. / Lucia, L. / Hubbe, M.A. / Saloni, D. Smith, Bucklin & Associates, LLC (United Soybean Board) $97,750.00 08/01/2010 through 10/31/2011

Microemulsions for Enhanced Biomass Pretreatment Rojas, O.J. / Lucia, L. / Hubbe, M.A. / Habibi, Y. University of Tennessee (US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)) $250,000.00 02/01/2010 through 01/31/2013

Unlocking Cellulose: Catalytic Lignin Degradation in Microemulsion-Treated Wood Chips Ghiladi, R. A / Lucia, L. / Rojas, O.J. Forest Biotechnology Industrial Research Consortium (FORBIRC) $20,000.00 08/01/2009 through 06/30/2013

Hydrodynamic Lubrication in Fiber Processing Krause, W. E. / Kim, J. / Rojas, O.J. National Textile Center Program $90,891.00 08/01/2009 through 12/31/2010

Hydrodynamic Lubrication in Fiber Processing(C06-NS07) Krause, W. E. / KIM, J. / Rojas, O.J. National Textile Center Program $5,080.00 04/01/2008 through 03/31/2009

Boundary Lubrication and Molecular Assembly in Fiber Processing (C05-NS09) Rojas, O.J. / Krause, W. E. National Textile Center Program $5,080.00 04/01/2008 through 03/31/2009

Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals With Adsorbed Copolymers Rojas, O.J. NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund $4,000.00 07/01/2008 through 06/30/2009

Sugar Surfactants as High Value Biobased Products Rojas, O.J. / Lucia, L. / Theyson, Thomas W US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) $389,515.00 09/01/2008 through 08/31/2012

Novel Methods to Quantify Enzyme Activity in Lignocellulosic Substrates Rojas, O.J. / Argyropoulos, D. S. NC Biotechnology Center (Kenan Institute) $40,000.00 07/01/2007 through 06/30/2008

National Center for Food Protection and Defense Jaykus, Lee-Ann / Carbonell, R. G. / Rojas, O.J. National Center for Food Protection and Defense (Univ. of Minnesota) (US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)) $133,614.00 09/01/2007 through 05/31/2010

Use of Complex Fluids for Enhanced Cellulosic Pretreatment A Seed Project Rojas, O.J. / Lucia, L. / Saloni, D. University of Tennessee (US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)) $50,000.00 10/01/2007 through 12/31/2008

High-Performance Coating Via Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Rojas, O.J. / Saloni, D. / Genzer, J. / Pawlak, Joel J. / Hauser, P. J. NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund $20,000.00 07/01/2007 through 06/30/2008

Lignocellulosics as Precursors of High Performance Biopolymer Structures Rojas, O.J. / Pawlak, Joel J. US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) $497,605.00 09/01/2007 through 12/31/2011

A Systematic Approach Toward The Detection of Bioterrorism Agents in Complex Sample Matrices: Phase I Jaykus, Lee-Ann / Carbonell, R. G. / Rojas, O.J. National Center for Food Protection and Defense (Univ. of Minnesota) (US Navy-Office Of Naval Research) $116,800.00 09/01/2006 through 08/31/2007

Electrokinetic Behavior and Passage of Polyelectrolytes and Surfactants Throughout Tortuous Micro/Nanopore Media Hubbe, M.A. / Rojas, O.J. American Chemical Society (Petroleum Research Fund) $90,000.00 08/01/2007 through 08/31/2011

The Generation and Stability of Organic Films on Polyolefin Surfaces Rojas, O.J. / Genzer, J. Nonwovens Instiute, NCSU $105,000.00 08/2007 through 12/2010

Functional Coatings Based on Adsorption-Denaturation of Proteins Genzer, J. / Rojas, O.J. Nonwovens Instiute, NCSU $105,000.00 08/2007 through 12/2010

Hydrodynamic Lubrication in Fiber Processing Krause, W. E. / KIM, J. / Rojas, O.J. National Textile Center Program $163,780.00 05/01/2006 through 04/30/2007

Wood and Fiber Engineering Fellows Program to Train Doctoral Students Venditti, R.A. / Rojas, O.J. US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) $229,500.00 11/15/2006 through 11/14/2011

Natural Surfactants in Paper Recycling Rojas, O.J. / Venditti, R.A. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $10,000.00 09/01/2006 through 08/31/2007

Cellulose-Based Biocomposites via Surface Grafting Rojas, O.J. NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund $5,333.00 01/01/2006 through 12/30/2006

Boundary Lubrication and Molecular Assembly in Fiber Possessing Rojas, O.J. / Hinestroza, J. P. / National Textile Center Program $327,610.00 05/01/2005 through 04/30/2007

Novel Methods to Quantify Enzyme Activity in Lignocellulosic Substrates Rojas, O.J. / Argyropoulos, D. S. Novozymes $52,200.00 10/03/2005 through 10/01/2008

Novel Methods to Quantify Enzyme Activity in Lignocellulosic Substrates Rojas, O.J. / Argyropoulos, D. S. NC Biotechnology Center (Kenan Institute) $40,000.00 10/03/2005 through 06/30/2007

Swelling Behavior of Cellulose Surfaces and Relevance in Polymer Rojas, O.J. NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund $6,000.00 03/01/2004 through 03/01/2005

Structure-Property Relations in Amphoteric Polymers for Papermaking and Non-Food Fiber Applications Hubbe, M.A. / Argyropoulos, D. S. / Rojas, O.J. US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) $300,000.00 09/01/2004 through 08/31/2006

TOTAL (NC State) $9,847,511



Rojas, O.J. & Laine, J., Value-added Materials and Functional Structures from Lignocellulosics, Funding from Finland Distinguish Professor Program (TEKES, Academy of Finland, UPM, Stora Enso, Kemira) Amount: Euro 1,800,000 = $ 2,327,935 Period: 03/01/2010-02/28/2014

Laine, J., Rojas, O.J., Franssila, S., Nanocellulose Assemblies for Microsensing and Fluidics, (Academy of Finland). Amount: Euro 986,562 = $ 1,275,951 Period: 03/01/2013-02/28/2016

Total= $3,603,886

TOTAL (USA + Academy of Finland+ TEKES) $13,451,397

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