Marcus Johns

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Marcus Johns is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Sustainable Nano Biocomposites Lab, Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia. He obtained his Doctorate degree (PhD) in Chemical Engineering at the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, University of Bath, UK. This focussed on the ionic liquid processing of cellulose-based films for tissue engineering under the guidance of Dr. Ram Sharma and Prof. Janet L. Scott. He then joined Prof. Stephen Eichhorn's group at the Bristol Composites Institute, University of Bristol as part of the GelEnz project, which primarily focussed on the characterization of cellulose nanofibrils and nanocrystals via their autoluminescent properties, before joining UBC. His research continues to develop photoluminescent techniques to enable rapid tracking of cellulosic nanomaterial interactions with their physicochemical environment. Simultaneously, he is investigating methods to further modify this interaction, enabling the utilization of cellulosic nanomaterials in a greater range of products.



Research Interests

Cellulose Nanomaterials
Cluster-triggered fluorescence
Colloid and interface science
Polysaccharides and carbohydrates

Research Methodology

Cluster-triggered luminescent spectroscopy
Atomic force microscopy
Fractional factorial regression models for experimental design

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.



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