Charles Cai
Charles Cai


Charles M. Cai

Charles Cai is an Assistant Research Engineer of CE-CERT and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside. He is currently devoted to developing novel biofuels technologies to convert plant biomass into renewable chemicals and liquid transportation fuels. His research focuses on the biological and catalytic processing of agricultural and forestry waste products, also known as lignocellulosic biomass, 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.

Peer Reviewed Publications [**Google Scholar**]:
  1. Nguyen T.Y., Cai C.M., Kumar R., Wyman C.E. 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**].

  1. Smith M.D., Mostofian B., Cheng X., Petridis L., Cai C.M., Wyman C.E., Smith J.C. 2015. “Cosolvent pretreatment in cellulosic biofuel production: effect of tetrahydrofuran-water on lignin structure and dynamics,” Green Chemistry,DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01952D [**Link**].

  1. Nguyen T.Y. and Cai C.M., Kumar R., Wyman C.E. 2014. “THF Co-Solvent Pretreatment Achieves Unprecedented Total Sugar Recovery and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass at Low Enzyme Loadings,” ChemSusChem, 8, 1716–1725 [**Link**].
    1. Paper highlighted by Phys.org and Biomass Magazine and Bioenergy Connection Magazine

  1. Cai CM, Nagane N, Kumar R, Wyman CE. 2014. "Coupling Metal Halides with a Green 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.” Green Chemistry, 16, 3819-3829. [**Link**].
    1. Paper highlighed by Phys.org and Science Daily and Greencar Congress

  1. Cai CM, Zhang T, Kumar R, Wyman CE. 2013. "THF Co-solvent Enhances Hydrocarbon Fuel Precursor Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass”. Green Chemistry, 15, 3140-3145. [**Link**].
    1. Paper highlighted by RSC publishing and was granted 4 weeks of open-access [Link] and received title of Hot Paper from Green Chemistry [Link]

  1. Cai CM, Zhang T, Kumar R, and Wyman CE. 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**].
    1. Paper highlighted by publisher as a notable review in 2014 [Link]

  1. Cai CM, TZ, RK, CEW. 2012. “Solvent Systems for Enhanced Furfural and Hydroxymethylfurfural Production from Cellulosic Biomass”. Sun Grant National Conference Proceedings, 3(2), 15. [**Link**]