Forest Sciences Centre 4038
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048227667
mobile: 6049990064

The primary objective of my research program is to convert naturally abundant biomass into functional biomaterials through a cost effective and energy efficient means, ultimately creating alternative sources of materials for our society. Specifically, the research in my group will strive to streamline green and efficient bio-based nanomaterials isolation to achieve high yield conversion and reduced cost, comprehensive surface modification of as-derived nanomaterials to diversify functionalities, controlled assembly into high performance hierarchical structures, and novel materials development to broaden the applications in both energy and environmental areas towards sustainability.

Research Areas

Green approaches in nanocellulose isolation, characterization, and modification
Molecular interactions of nanocellulose with other biomolecules
Self-assembly of bio-based nanomaterials into hierarchical structures
Inorganic nanomaterials synthesis for catalytic reactions
Energy storage applications of bio-based nanomaterials

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society, Member

Current Courses


Selected Publications

He Liu, Chaoji Chen, Guang Chen, Yudi Kuang, Xinpeng Zhao, Jianwei Song, Chao Jia, Xu Xu, Emily Hitz, Hua Xie, Sha Wang, Feng Jiang, Tian Li, Yiju Li, Amy Gong, Ronggui Yang, Siddhartha Das, Liangbing Hu (2018). High‐performance solar steam device with layered channels: artificial tree with a reversed design Advanced Energy Materials 8, 1701616
Feng Jiang, Tian Li, Yiju Li, Ying Zhang, Amy Gong, Jiaqi Dai, Emily Hitz, Wei Luo, Liangbing Hu (2018). Wood‐based nanotechnologies toward sustainability Advanced Materials 30, 1703453
Yubing Zhou, Bharath Natarajan, Yanchen Fan, Hua Xie, Chunpeng Yang, Shaomao Xu, Yonggang Yao, Feng Jiang, Qianfan Zhang, Jeffrey W Gilman, Liangbing Hu (2018). Tuning high‐temperature wetting behavior of metal toward ultrafine nanoparticles Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57, 1-6
Chao Jia, Feng Jiang, Piao Hu, Yudi Kuang, Shuaiming He, Tian Li, Chaoji Chen, Alan Murphy, Chunpeng Yang, Yonggang Yao, Jiaqi Dai, Christopher B Raub, Xiaolong Luo, Liangbing Hu (2018). Anisotropic, mesoporous microfluidic framework with scalable, aligned cellulose nanofibers. ACS applied materials & interfaces 10, 7362–7370
Feng Jiang You-Lo Hsieh (2018). Dual wet and dry resilient cellulose II fibrous aerogel for hydrocarbon–water separation and energy storage applications ACS Omega 3, 3530–3539
Tian Li, Jianwei Song, Xinpeng Zhao, Zhi Yang, Glenn Pastel, Shaomao Xu, Chao Jia, Jiaqi Dai, Chaoji Chen, Amy Gong, Feng Jiang, Yonggang Yao, Tianzhu Fan, Bao Yang, Lars Wågberg, Ronggui Yang, Liangbing Hu (2018). Anisotropic, lightweight, strong, and super thermally insulating nanowood with naturally aligned nanocellulose Science Advances 4, eaar3724
Hua Xie, Chunpeng Yang, Kun (Kelvin) Fu, Yonggang Yao, Feng Jiang, Emily Hitz, Boyang Liu, Sha Wang, Liangbing Hu (2018). Flexible, scalable, and highly conductive garnet‐polymer solid electrolyte templated by bacterial cellulose Advanced Energy Materials 8, 1703474
Feng Jiang, He Liu, Yiju Li, Yudi Kuang, Xu Xu, Chaoji Chen, Hao Huang, Chao Jia, Xinpeng Zhao, Emily Hitz, Yubing Zhou, Ronggui Yang, Lifeng Cui, Liangbing Hu (2017). Lightweight, mesoporous, and highly absorptive all-nanofiber aerogel for efficient solar steam generation ACS applied materials & interfaces 10 (1), 1104–1112
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2017). Cellulose nanofibril aerogels: synergistic improvement of hydrophobicity, strength, and thermal stability via cross-linking with diisocyanate ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (3), 2825–2834
Fengjuan Chen, Amy S Gong, Mingwei Zhu, Guang Chen, Steven D Lacey, Feng Jiang, Yongfeng Li, Yanbin Wang, Jiaqi Dai, Yonggang Yao, Jianwei Song, Boyang Liu, Kun Fu, Siddhartha Das, Liangbing Hu (2017). Mesoporous, three-dimensional wood membrane decorated with nanoparticles for highly efficient water treatment ACS nano 11 (4), 4275–4282
Jianwei Song, Chaoji Chen, Chengwei Wang, Yudi Kuang, Yongfeng Li, Feng Jiang, Yiju Li, Emily Hitz, Ying Zhang, Boyang Liu, Amy Gong, Huiyang Bian, JY Zhu, Jianhua Zhang, Jun Li, Liangbing Hu (2017). Superflexible wood ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (28), 23520–23527
Chaoji Chen, Yiju Li, Jianwei Song, Zhi Yang, Yudi Kuang, Emily Hitz, Chao Jia, Amy Gong, Feng Jiang, JY Zhu, Bao Yang, Jia Xie, Liangbing Hu (2017). Highly flexible and efficient solar steam generation device Advanced Materials 29 (30), 1701756
Shaomao Xu, Yanan Chen, Yiju Li, Aijiang Lu, Yonggang Yao, Jiaqi Dai, Yanbin Wang, Boyang Liu, Steven D Lacey, Glenn R Pastel, Yudi Kuang, Valencia A Danner, Feng Jiang, Kun Kelvin Fu, Liangbing Hu (2017). Universal, in situ transformation of bulky compounds into nanoscale catalysts by high-temperature pulse Nano letters 17 (9), 5817–5822
Chao Jia, Huiyang Bian, Tingting Gao, Feng Jiang, Iain Michael Kierzewski, Yilin Wang, Yonggang Yao, Liheng Chen, Ziqiang Shao, JY Zhu, Liangbing Hu (2017). Thermally stable cellulose nanocrystals toward high-performance 2D and 3D nanostructures ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (34), 28922–28929
Sha Wang, Feng Jiang, Xu Xu, Yudi Kuang, Kun Fu, Emily Hitz, Liangbing Hu (2017). Super‐strong, super‐stiff macrofibers with aligned, long bacterial cellulose nanofibers Advanced Materials 29 (35), 1702498
Feng Jiang, Darren M Dinh, You-Lo Hsieh (2017). Adsorption and desorption of cationic malachite green dye on cellulose nanofibril aerogels Carbohydrate polymers 173, 286-294
Feng Jiang, Chen Qian, Alan R Esker, Maren Roman (2017). Effect of nonionic surfactants on dispersion and polar interactions in the adsorption of cellulases onto lignin The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 121 (41), 9607–9620
Mingwei Zhu, Yiju Li, Guang Chen, Feng Jiang, Zhi Yang, Xiaoguang Luo, Yanbin Wang, Steven D Lacey, Jiaqi Dai, Chengwei Wang, Chao Jia, Jiayu Wan, Yonggang Yao, Amy Gong, Bao Yang, Zongfu Yu, Siddhartha Das, Liangbing Hu (2017). Tree‐inspired design for high‐efficiency water extraction Advanced Materials 29 (44), 1704107
Chao Jia, Yiju Li, Zhi Yang, Guang Chen, Yonggang Yao, Feng Jiang, Yudi Kuang, Glenn Pastel, Hua Xie, Bao Yang, Siddhartha Das, Liangbing Hu (2017). Rich mesostructures derived from natural woods for solar steam generation Joule 1 (3), 588-599
Chunpeng Yang, Boyang Liu, Feng Jiang, Ying Zhang, Hua Xie, Emily Hitz, Liangbing Hu (2017). Garnet/polymer hybrid ion-conducting protective layer for stable lithium metal anode Nano Research 10 (12), 4256–4265
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2017). Rice straw nanocelluloses: process-linked structures, properties, and self-assembling into ultra-fine fibers ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1251, 133-150
Feng Jiang, Tetsuo Kondo, You-Lo Hsieh (2016). Rice straw cellulose nanofibrils via aqueous counter collision and differential centrifugation and their self-assembled structures ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 4 (3), 1697–1706
Sixiao Hu, Jin Gu, Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2016). Holistic rice straw nanocellulose and hemicelluloses/lignin composite films ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 4 (3), 728–737
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2016). Self-assembling of TEMPO oxidized cellulose nanofibrils as affected by protonation of surface carboxyls and drying methods ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 4 (3), 1041–1049
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2015). Holocellulose nanocrystals: amphiphilicity, oil/water emulsion, and self-assembly Biomacromolecules 16 (4), pp 1433–1441
Fenglin Huang, Yunfei Xu, Bin Peng, Yangfen Su, Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh, Qufu Wei (2015). Coaxial electrospun cellulose-core fluoropolymer-shell fibrous membrane from recycled cigarette filter as separator for high performance lithium-ion battery ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 3 (5), 932–940
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2015). Cellulose nanocrystal isolation from tomato peels and assembled nanofibers Carbohydrate polymers 122, 60-68
Sixiao Hu, Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2015). 1D lignin-based solid acid catalysts for cellulose hydrolysis to glucose and nanocellulose ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 3 (10), 2566–2574
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2014). Super water absorbing and shape memory nanocellulose aerogels from TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils via cyclic freezing–thawing Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2, 350-359
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2014). Amphiphilic superabsorbent cellulose nanofibril aerogels Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2, 6337-6342
Min S Wang, Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh, Nitin Nitin (2014). Cellulose nanofibrils improve dispersibility and stability of silver nanoparticles and induce production of bacterial extracellular polysaccharides Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2, 6226-6235
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2014). Synthesis of cellulose nanofibril bound silver nanoprism for surface enhanced Raman Scattering Biomacromolecules 15 (10), pp 3608–3616
Feng Jiang, Jerry L Dallas, B Kollbe Ahn, You-Lo Hsieh (2014). 1D and 2D NMR of nanocellulose in aqueous colloidal suspensions Carbohydrate polymers 110, 360-366
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2014). Assembling and redispersibility of rice straw nanocellulose: effect of tert-butanol ACS applied materials & interfaces 6 (22), 20075-20084
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh (2013). Chemically and mechanically isolated nanocellulose and their self-assembled structures Carbohydrate Polymers 95 (1), 32-40
Feng Jiang, Joshua D Kittle, Xinyi Tan, Alan R Esker, Maren Roman (2013). Effects of sulfate groups on the adsorption and activity of cellulases on cellulose substrates Langmuir 29 (10), pp 3280–3291
Feng Jiang, Siyuan Han, You-Lo Hsieh (2013). Controlled defibrillation of rice straw cellulose and self- assembly of cellulose nanofibrils into highly crystalline fibrous materials RSC Advances 3, 12366-12375
Joshua D Kittle, Holger Wondraczek, Chao Wang, Feng Jiang, Maren Roman, Thomas Heinze, Alan R Esker (2012). Enhanced dewatering of polyelectrolyte nanocomposites by hydrophobic polyelectrolytes Langmuir 28 (30), pp 11086–11094
Joshua D Kittle, Xiaosong Du, Feng Jiang, Chen Qian, Thomas Heinze, Maren Roman, Alan R Esker (2011). Equilibrium water contents of cellulose films determined via solvent exchange and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring Biomacromolecules 12 (8), 2881–2887
Feng Jiang, Alan R Esker, Maren Roman (2010). Acid-catalyzed and solvolytic desulfation of H2SO4-hydrolyzed cellulose nanocrystals Langmuir 26 (23), 17919-17925
Feng Jiang, Te-fu Qin (2007). Toughening wood/polypropylene composites with polyethylene octene elastomer (POE) Journal of Forestry Research 17 (4), 312-314