Charles Cai
Charles Cai

Charles M. Cai

Charles is research faculty at UC Riverside CE-CERT. He is currently devoted to developing novel biofuels technology to convert plant biomass into renewable chemicals and "drop-in" liquid fuels. His research focuses on using agricultural and forestry waste products that don't compete with our food crops so that the production of next generation advanced biofuels can be an environmentally sustainable process. Charles received his Ph.D in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside and his B.S. in Biochemical Engineering at UC Davis.

  • Nguyen TY, CM Cai, Omar Osman, R Kumar, CE Wyman. 2015. "CELF Pretreatment of Corn Stover Boosts Ethanol Titers and Yields from High Solids SSF with Low Enzyme Loadings". Green Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01977J [Link]
  • Smith DM, B Mostofian, X Cheng, L Petridis, CM Cai, CE Wyman, J Smith. 2015. "Cosolvent Pretreatment in Cellulosic Biofuel Production: Effect of Tetrahydrofuran-Water on Lignin Structure and Dynamics".Green Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01952D [Link]
  • Nguyen TY and Cai CM, R Kumar, CE Wyman. 2015. "Co-solvent pretreatment (CELF) reduces costly enzyme requirements for high sugar and ethanol yields from lignocellulosic biomass". ChemSusChem. 8, 1716–1725 [Link]
  • Cai CM, N Nagane,R Kumar, CE Wyman. 2014. "Coupling metal halides with a co-solvent to produce furfural and 5-HMF at high yields directly from lignocellulosic biomass as an integrated biofuels strategy." Green Chemistry, 16, 3819-3829. [Link]
  • Cai CM, T Zhang, R Kumar, CE Wyman. 2013. “THF co-solvent enhances hydrocarbon fuel precursor yields from lignocellulosic biomass”. Green Chemistry, 15, 3140-3145. [Link]
    • Paper highlighted by RSC publishing and was granted 4 weeks of open-access [Link] and received title of Hot Paper from Green Chemistry [Link]
  • Cai CM ,T Zhang, R Kumar, CE Wyman. 2013. “Integrated furfural production as a renewable fuel and chemical platform from lignocellulosic biomass”. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 89(1), 2-10 (Invited Paper). [Link]
    • Paper highlighted by publisher as a notable review in 2014 [Link]
  • Cai CM, T Zhang, R Kumar, CE Wyman. 2012. “Solvent Systems for Enhanced Furfural and Hydroxymethylfurfural Production from Cellulosic Biomass”. Sun Grant National Conference Proceedings, 3(2), 15. [Link]