Thatcher Root


Chemical & Biological Engineering

College of Engineering

Thatcher Root's interests in green chemistry and renewable resources led him to apply his background in catalysis and reaction chemistry to problems relating to processes for conversion of biomass feedstocks to biodiesel or other useful fuel or chemicals.  He is presently collaborating with Prof. Dan Klingenberg (CBE) and C. Tim Scott (USDA Forest Products Laboratory) in an investigation of the rheological and other changes occurring during processing of cellulosic feedstocks.

  • Surface chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Diffusion in porous media
  • Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy