Associate Professor + Canada Research Chair in Advanced Renewable Materials
Research Interests:
Forest Sciences Centre 4034
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048270637

Dr. Scott Renneckar investigates the molecular structure and reactions of wood to transform trees and recycled fiber into novel materials that will serve as a platform for the bioeconomy.  Critical to this transformation is the application of fundamental polymer science principles to the characterization, processing, and performance of the biopolymers and biobased composites. His research group’s goal is to apply novel processing methods to create petroleum free composites for the next generation of advanced renewable materials from Canadian forests and fields. 

Research Areas

Advanced renewable materials
Biopolymer structure characterization
Clean fractionation of biomass
Electrospinning Fibers
Self-assembly of biopolymers


Identification of structural aspects of lignin and hemicelluloses for fiber spinning and bioplastics
Fe@MagTEMPO: a divergent heterogeneous catalyst
Xylan nanotiles

Current Graduate Students

Lun Ji,
Amanda Johnson,
Liyang Liu,

Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Saurabh Patankar
Muzaffer Karaaslan
MiJung Cho

Previous Students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Dr. Zhiyuan Lin

Dr. Karthik Pillai

Dr. Katia Rodriguez

Dr. Robert Haupt

Dr. Qingqing Li

Ms. Zhou Yu

Mr. Jeffrey Dolan

Mr. W. Travis Church

Dr. Wei Zhang

Dr. Lourdes Orejuela

Dr. MiJung Cho

Dr. Richard Johnson (post-doc)

Dr. Anand Mangalam (post-doc)

Mr. Robert Wright (research associate)

Current Courses

Winter 2018

WOOD487 Wood Composites Sections

Physical, chemical and mechanical variables involved in adhesive bonding of composite wood products; characteristics of adhesives; plywood, composite wood panels, hardboard, medium density fibreboard, laminated wood and engineered lumber composites manufacturing processes; important physical and chemical properties of products.

Selected Publications

E Johan Foster, Robert J Moon, Umesh P Agarwal, Michael J Bortner, Julien Bras, Sandra Camarero-Espinosa, Kathleen J Chan, Martin JD Clift, Emily D Cranston, Stephen J Eichhorn, Douglas M Fox, Wadood Y Hamad, Laurent Heux, Bruno Jean, Matthew Korey, Kimberly J Ong, Michael S Reid, Scott Renneckar, Rose Roberts, Jo Anne Shatkin, John Simonsen, Kelly Stinson-Bagby, Nandula Wanasekara, Jeff Youngblood (2018). Current characterization methods for cellulose nanomaterials Chemical Society Reviews 47, 2609-2679
Jinguang Hu, Dong Tian, Scott Renneckar, Jack N Saddler (2018). Enzyme mediated nanofibrillation of cellulose by the synergistic actions of an endoglucanase, lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase (LPMO) and xylanase Scientific Reports 8: 3195
Mijung Cho, Muzaffer Karaaslan, Sudip Chowdhury, Frank Ko, Scott Renneckar (2018). Skipping oxidative thermal stabilization for lignin-based carbon nanofibers ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Cho, M., M. Karaaslan, S. Renneckar, & F. Ko (2017). Enhancement of the mechanical properties of electrospun lignin-based nanofibers by heat treatment Journal of Materials Science 52 (16), 9602-9614
Li, Z., Sathitsuksanoh, N., Zhang, W., Goodell, B. & Renneckar, S. (2017). Towards an understanding of cellulose microfibril dimensions from TEMPO oxidized pulp fiber Nano-celluloses, their Preparation, Properties, and Applications, ACS Symposium Series
Sathitsuksanoh, N. & S. Renneckar (2017). Characterization Methods and Techniques Renewable Biomaterials: First Principles and Concepts, Wiley & Sons
Birkett,G.S., S. Sicoli, L. Horvath, E. J. Foster, Y. T. Kim, S. Renneckar, and B. Goodell (2017). Investigation of nanofibrillated cellulose for hydrophobic packaging material: examining alternatives to solvent exchange and lyophilization Bioresources
Zhang, W.; N. Sathitsuksanoh; J. R. Barone, S. Renneckar (2016). Enhanced enzymatic saccharification of pretreated biomass using glycerol thermal processing (GTP) Bioresource technology (199)148-154
Pillai, K.V. & S. Renneckar (2016). Dynamic mechanical analysis of layer-by-layer cellulose nanocomposites Industrial crops and products 93, 267-275.
Zhang, W.; J.R. Barone &S. Renneckar (2016). Reducing the heterogeneity of xylan through processing Carbohydrate Polymers 150, 250-258
Singh, G., Chandoha-Lee, C., Zhang, W., Renneckar, S., Vikesland, P. J., & Pruden, A. (2016). Biodegradation of nanocrystalline cellulose by two environmentally-relevant consortia Water Research 104:137146.
Zhang, W.; N. Sathsitsuksanoh; B. Simmons, C. Frazier; J. Barone; & S. Renneckar (2016). Revealing the thermal sensitivity of lignin during glycerol thermal processing through structural analysis RSC Advances (36)30234-30246
Haghdan, S. S. Renneckar G.D. Smith (2015). Sources of Lignin Elsevier, Oxford, United Kingdom In O. Faruk & M. Sain (Eds.), Lignin-based Polymer Composites, 1st Edition., Elsevier, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 1-11.
Wei, H.; K. Rodriguez; S. Renneckar; W. Leng; & P. Vikesland (2015). Preparation and evaluation of nanocellulose–gold nanoparticle nanocomposites for SERS applications Analyst 140(16), 5640-5649
Dolan, J.A.; N. Sathitsuksanoh; K. Rodriguez; B. A. Simmons; C. E. Frazier; S. & Renneckar (2015). Biocomposite adhesion without added resin: understanding the chemistry of the direct conversion of wood into adhesives RSC Advances (82)67267-67276
Zhang, W.; J. Barone; & S. Renneckar (2015). Biomass fractionation after denaturing cell walls by glycerol thermal processing ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 3 (3):413–420.
Sathitsuksanoh, N.; M. Sawant; Q. Troung; J. Tran; C. Canlas; N. Sun; W. Zhang; S. Renneckar; T. Prasomsri; J. Shi; O. Cetinkol; S. Singh; B. A. Simmons; & A. George (2015). How alkyl chain length of alcohols affects lignin fractionation and ionic liquid recycle during lignocellulose pretreatment BioEnergy Research 8:973-981
Rodríguez, K.; J. Sundberg; P. Gatenholm; & S. Renneckar (2014). Electrospun nanofibrous cellulose scaffolds with controlled microarchitecture Carbohydrate Polymers 100(16) :143–149.
Gao, S.; C. You; S. Renneckar; J. Bao; & Y-H P. Zhang. (2014). New Insights into Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Heterogeneous Cellulose by using Cellulose-Binding Module-3 containing GFP and Cellulose-Binding Module 17-containing CFP Biotechnology for Biofuels 7:24.
Bosmans, T.; A. Stépán; G. Toriz; S. Renneckar; E. Karabulut; L. Wagberg; & P. Gatenholm. (2014). Assembly of Debranched Xylan from Solution and on Nanocellulosic Surfaces Biomacromolecules, 15 (3):924–930.
Pillai, K.; F. Navarro; W. Zhang; & S. Renneckar (2014). Towards biomimicking wood: Fabricated free-standing films of nanocellulose, lignin, and a synthetic polycation Journal of Visualized Experiments, 17(88):doi: 10.3791/51257
Wei, H.; K. Rodriguez; S. Renneckar; & P. Vikesland. (2014). Environmental science and engineering applications of nanocellulose-based nanocomposites Environmental Science: Nano, 1:302-316.
Renneckar S. (2013). State of the Art Paper: Biomimetics: Adapting performance and function of natural materials for biobased composites Wood and Fiber Science, 45(1):3-14.
Haupt, R. A., & S. Renneckar (2013). Chemical shifts of phenolic monomers in solution and implications for addition and self-condensation Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 51(2), 95-101.
Lin, Z.; W. Zhang; & S. Renneckar. (2013). Impact of clay nanoparticles on glutaraldehyde crosslinked fiber composites Journal of Materials Science, 48(17):5983-5989.
Li, Q.; S. McGinnis; A. Wong; S. Cutter; & S. Renneckar. (2013). Nanocellulose life cycle assessment ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 1(18):919-928.
Zhang, W.; R.K. Johnson; Z. Lin; C. Chandoha-Lee; A. Zink-Sharp; & S. Renneckar. (2013). In situ generated cellulose nanoparticles to enhance the hydrophobicity of paper Cellulose, 20(6):2935-2945.
Rodriguez, K.; P. Gatenholm; & S. Renneckar. (2012). Electrospinning cellulosic nanofibers for biomedical applications: Structure and in vitro biocompatibility Cellulose 19(5):1583-1598.
Li, Q. & S. Renneckar. (2011). Supramolecular structure characterization of molecularly thin cellulose I nanoparticles Biomacromolecules 12(3):650-659.
Lin, Z & S. Renneckar (2011). Nanocomposite–based lignocellulosic fibers 3. Polyelectrolyte adsorption onto heterogeneous fiber surfaces Cellulose 18(3):563-574.
Rodriguez, K.; S. Renneckar; & P. Gatenholm (2011). Biomimetic calcium phosphate crystal mineralization on electrospun cellulose-based scaffolds ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 3(3):681-689.
Lin, Z. & S. Renneckar (2011). Nanocomposite-based lignocellulosic fibers 2. Layer-by-layer modification of wood fibers as reinforcement in thermoplastic composite Composites, Part A 42(1):84-91.
Eichhorn, S. J.; A. Dufresne; M. Aranguren; N. E. Marcovich; J. R. Capadona; S. J. Rowan; C.Weder; W. Thielemans; M. Roman; S. Renneckar; W. Gindl; S. Veigel; J. Keckes; H. Yano; K. Abe; M. Nogi; A. N. Nakagaito; A. Mangalam; J. Simonsen; S. A. Benight; A. Bismarck; L. A. Berglund; & T. Peijs (2010). Review: Current International Research into Cellulose Nanofibres and Nanocomposites Journal of Materials Science 45(1):1-33.
Zhou, Y.; S. Renneckar; Q. Li; K. Pillai; Z. Lin; & W.T. Church (2010). Layer-by-layer bondlines for macroscale adhesion Bioresources 5(3):1530-1541.
Li, Z.; S. Renneckar; & J. Barone (2010). Nanocomposites prepared by in-situ enzymatic polymerization of phenol with TEMPO-oxidized nanocellulose Cellulose 17(1):57-68.
Li, Q. & S. Renneckar (2009). Molecularly thin nanoparticles from cellulose: Isolation of submicrofibrillar structures Cellulose 16(6):1025-1032
Johnson, R.K.; A. Zink-Sharp; S. Renneckar; & W.G. Glasser (2009). A new bio-based nanocomposite: Fibrillated TEMPO-oxidized celluloses in hydroxypropylcellulose matrix Cellulose 16(2):227-238
Pillai, K.V. & S. Renneckar (2009). Cation-pi interactions as a mechanism in technical lignin adsorption to cationic surfaces Biomacromolecules 10(4):798-804.
Renneckar, S. & Y. Zhou (2009). Nanoscale coatings on wood: Polyelectrolyte adsorption and layer-by-layer assembled film formation ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 1(3):559-566.
Johnson, R.K., A. Zink-Sharp, S. Renneckar, & W.G. Glasser (2008). Mechanical properties of wetlaid lyocell and hybrid fiber-reinforced composites with polypropylene Composites, Part A 39(3) 470-477.
Lin, Z.; S. Renneckar; & D. P. Hindman (2008). Nanocomposite-based lignocellulosic fibers 1. Thermal stability of modified fibers with clay-polyelectrolyte multilayers Cellulose 15(2):333-346
Renneckar, S.; A. Zink-Sharp; & W.G. Glasser (2007). Fiber modification by steam-explosion: Microscopic analysis of co-refined wood and polypropylene IAWA Journal 28(1):13-27
Renneckar, S.; A.G. Zink-Sharp; & W.G. Glasser (2006). Fiber surface modification by steam-explosion: Sorption studies with co-refined wood and polyolefins Wood and Fiber Science 38(3):427-438
Renneckar, S.; A. Zink-Sharp; A.R. Esker; R.K. Johnson; & W.G. Glasser (2006). Novel methods for interfacial modification of cellulose-reinforced composites American Chemical Society, Washington DC. In Cellulose Nanocomposites: Processing, Characterization, and Properties. 938:78-96.
Renneckar, S.; R. K. Johnson; A.G. Zink-Sharp; & W.G. Glasser. (2005). Fiber modification by steam-explosion: 13C NMR and dynamic mechanical analysis studies of co-refined wood and polypropylene Composite Interfaces 12(6):559-580.
Gradwell, S. E.; S. Renneckar; A. R. Esker; T. Heinze; P. Gatenholm; C. Vaca-Garcia; & W. G. Glasser (2004). Surface modification of cellulose fibers: towards wood composites by biomimetics Comptes Rendus Biologies 327(9-10):945-953.
Renneckar, S.; A.G. Zink-Sharp; T.C. Ward; & W.G. Glasser. (2004). Compositional Analysis of Thermoplastic Wood Composites by TGA
Esker, A.R., U. Becker, S. Jamin, S. Renneckar, & W. Glasser (2004). Self-assembly behavior of some co- and heteropolysaccharides related to hemicelluloses American Chemical Society, Washington DC. In Hemicelluloses: Science and Technology, 864:198-219.