Washington University in St. Louis


Marcus Foston

Assistant Professor
In 2012, Marcus Foston became a professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.
He completed his postdoctoral fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Ragauskas, Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy, in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Professor Foston’s research objective is to create a top tier, world recognized research program in the research and education of the innovative utilization of biomass resources for fuel and chemical production.
A more recent research interest is the development of renewable synthetic polymers derived from biomass feedstocks, inspired by existing polymer systems for specific energy, electronic, biomedical, and high-performance applications, along with new systems to analyze those materials.
Selected Publications

Self-similar multiscale structure of lignin revealed by neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulation, Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2011), 83(6), 061911/1-061911/4; Petridis, L.; Pingali, V.; Urban, V.; Heller, W.; O'Neil, H.; Foston, M.; Ragauskas, A.; Smith, J.
Biomass Characterization of Morphological Portions of Alamo Switchgrass, J. Agric. Food Chem., (2011), 59(14), 7765–7772; Hu, Z.; Foston, M.; Ragauskas, A.J.

Comparative studies on hydrothermal pretreatment and enzymatic saccharification of leaves and internodes of alamo switchgrass, Bioresource Technology (2011), 102(14), 7224-7228; Hu, Z.; Foston, M.; Ragauskas, A.J.

Selected Research
Coming soon.
Contact Marcus Foston
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1180
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Brauer Hall, Room 1007
Phone (314) 935-7866
Fax (314) 935-7211
Email mfoston@wustl.edu
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PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
BS, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
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