Dr. Jie Dong began his tenure this month as the first joint faculty hire of NCERC and the Department of Chemistry of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Prior to his hire at NCERC, he spent three years as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a research institute led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and funded by the US Department of Energy.
Dr. Dong has performed biofuels research since 2010 and earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2014. He wrote his PhD thesis on butanol fermentation from agriculture residues and lignocellulosic biomass and his post-doctoral research was on bacterial engineering for biodiesel production.
Jie has a wife, Yao Nie, and two children, Max (2 years old) and Felix (6 years old). Felix attends Goshen Elementary School in Edwardsville, IL. Dr. Dong's position is a tenured-track faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at SIUE and he will work at NCERC with Director of Research, Dr. Yan Zhang, as a member of the research team.
NCERC is excited about Jie's arrival and eager to offer his expertise as an additional service to our clientele.