Texas Tech University

Julia Shamshina

Julia Shamshina has been named a Research Assistant Professor in renewable biopolymers and bioproducts with Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science. The Russian native, who will be based at Tech's Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, indicated that her research program targets utilization of the biopolymers for the development of sustainable biomaterials.

Her research interests focus on all aspects of ionic liquids and biopolymer processing, from fundamental properties to overall material preparation to industrial applications. She is particularly interested in potential industrial uses of biopolymers in high-value materials, with an ultimate goal of elimination of synthetic plastics. Shamshina received her bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia in Moscow, Russia. Her doctorate degree in organic chemistry is from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.

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