Faculty Members

Jason Locklin
Jason Locklin

Director, New Materials Institute
Center Lead, Center for Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
Professor
Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
and College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter
New polymers, biodegradable materials, coatings and interfaces

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Branson W. Ritchie

Director, Technology Development & Implementation, New Materials Institute
Distinguished Research Professor
Co-Director, UGA Infectious Diseases Laboratory
britchie@uga.edu
Animal health, emerging diseases, infectious diseases, technology development and implementation

Jason Locklin
Jason Locklin

Director, New Materials Institute
Center Lead, Center for Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
Professor
Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
and College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter
New polymers, biodegradable materials, coatings and interfaces

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Branson W. Ritchie

Director, Technology Development & Implementation, New Materials Institute
Distinguished Research Professor
Co-Director, UGA Infectious Diseases Laboratory
britchie@uga.edu
Animal health, emerging diseases, infectious diseases, technology development and implementation

Evan White
Evan M. White

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Website
emwhite@uga.eduMaterial science, degradable polymers, composites and coatings

Gajanan Bhat
Gajanan Bhat

Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles
Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
Website
gbhat@uga.edu
Fiber science, nonwovens, melt-blowing, cotton nonwovens, plastic recycling, multifunctional nonwovens

Mark Eiteman

Professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
eiteman@engr.uga.edu
Metabolic engineering, fermentation, nutrient-limited processes, microbial physiology

Joe Grubbs
Joe Grubbs

Adjunct Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
Senior Polymer Scientist/UGA Liaison for DaniMer Scientific
Website
joe.grubbs@uga.edu
Biodegradable materials, waxes, coatings and renewable adhesives

H Handa
Hitesh Handa

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Research Gate
hhanda@uga.edu
Nitric oxide releasing materials, antibacterial coatings, hemocompatible materials, medical devices, animal models, wound healings, translational research

Portrait of Jim Kastner
Jim Kastner

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
jrk@uga.edu
Catalytic reaction engineering, renewable fuels and chemicals.

Jason Locklin
Jason Locklin

Director, New Materials Institute
Center Lead, Center for Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
Professor
Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
and College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter
New polymers, biodegradable materials, coatings and interfaces

Sudaghar Mani
Sudhagar Mani

Professor
College of Engineering & Department of Food Science and Technology
Website | Google Scholar | Research Gate
smani@engr.uga.edu
Nanocellulose manufacturing, food packaging films, surface modified nanocellulose, LCA of Nanocellulose

Minko
Sergiy Minko

Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science
Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors and Department of Chemistry
Website | Lab
Nanofibers, bio-based coatings, nanostructured materials, responsive materials, biomaterials, biointerfaces, functional fibers and textiles 

Suraj Sharma
Suraj Sharma

Associate Professor
Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
Website
ssharma@uga.edu
Nanocellulose, biopolymer composites

Breeanna Urbanowicz
Breeanna Urbanowicz

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Website | Google Scholar
breeanna@uga.eduhemicellulose, xylan, plant cell wall, cellulose, glycosyltransferase, plant glycobiology, plant biochemistry

Evan White
Evan M. White

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Website
emwhite@uga.eduMaterial science, degradable polymers, composites and coatings

Julia Gaskin
Julia Gaskin

Senior Public Service Associate
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Website
jgaskin@uga.edu
Biomass and nutrient cycling

Erin Lipp
Erin Lipp

Professor
Environmental Health Science, Microbiology
Website
elipp@uga.edu
Public health, microbiology

Dorothea Sanders

Public Service Associate
Marine Extension
Website
sandersd@uga.edu
Marine debris, microplastics, marine education

Katy Austin Smith

Public Service Assistant/Water Quality Program Coordinator
Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
River Basin Center
Georgia DNR Coastal Advisory Council
Website | Research Gate
klaustin@uga.edu
Water quality, marine debris, marine education, emerging contaminants, estuaries, microplastics

Gajanan Bhat
Gajanan Bhat

Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles
Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
Website
gbhat@uga.edu
Fiber science, nonwovens, melt-blowing, cotton nonwovens, plastic recycling, multifunctional nonwovens

Mark Eiteman

Professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
eiteman@engr.uga.edu
Metabolic engineering, fermentation, nutrient-limited processes, microbial physiology

Julia Gaskin
Julia Gaskin

Senior Public Service Associate
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Website
jgaskin@uga.edu
Biomass and nutrient cycling

Joe Grubbs
Joe Grubbs

Adjunct Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
Senior Polymer Scientist/UGA Liaison for DaniMer Scientific
Website
joe.grubbs@uga.edu
Biodegradable materials, waxes, coatings and renewable adhesives

H Handa
Hitesh Handa

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Research Gate
hhanda@uga.edu
Nitric oxide releasing materials, antibacterial coatings, hemocompatible materials, medical devices, animal models, wound healings, translational research

Portrait of Jim Kastner
Jim Kastner

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
jrk@uga.edu
Catalytic reaction engineering, renewable fuels and chemicals.

Erin Lipp
Erin Lipp

Professor
Environmental Health Science, Microbiology
Website
elipp@uga.edu
Public health, microbiology

Jason Locklin
Jason Locklin

Director, New Materials Institute
Center Lead, Center for Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
Professor
Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
and College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter
New polymers, biodegradable materials, coatings and interfaces

Sudaghar Mani
Sudhagar Mani

Professor
College of Engineering & Department of Food Science and Technology
Website | Google Scholar | Research Gate
smani@engr.uga.edu
Nanocellulose manufacturing, food packaging films, surface modified nanocellulose, LCA of Nanocellulose

Minko
Sergiy Minko

Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science
Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors and Department of Chemistry
Website | Lab
Nanofibers, bio-based coatings, nanostructured materials, responsive materials, biomaterials, biointerfaces, functional fibers and textiles 

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Branson W. Ritchie

Director, Technology Development & Implementation, New Materials Institute
Distinguished Research Professor
Co-Director, UGA Infectious Diseases Laboratory
britchie@uga.edu
Animal health, emerging diseases, infectious diseases, technology development and implementation

Dorothea Sanders

Public Service Associate
Marine Extension
Website
sandersd@uga.edu
Marine debris, microplastics, marine education

Suraj Sharma
Suraj Sharma

Associate Professor
Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
Website
ssharma@uga.edu
Nanocellulose, biopolymer composites

Katy Austin Smith

Public Service Assistant/Water Quality Program Coordinator
Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
River Basin Center
Georgia DNR Coastal Advisory Council
Website | Research Gate
klaustin@uga.edu
Water quality, marine debris, marine education, emerging contaminants, estuaries, microplastics

Breeanna Urbanowicz
Breeanna Urbanowicz

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Website | Google Scholar
breeanna@uga.eduhemicellulose, xylan, plant cell wall, cellulose, glycosyltransferase, plant glycobiology, plant biochemistry

Evan White
Evan M. White

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Website
emwhite@uga.eduMaterial science, degradable polymers, composites and coatings