Maobing Tu, PhD

Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering, Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering


Biography

Maobing Tu holds two PhDs, the first he earned in 2001 in Biochemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology and the second he earned in 2007 in Forest Products Biotechnology from the University of British Columbia. He also has a Master of Science in Fermentation Engineering, which he earned in 1998 from Tianjin University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Anhui Agricultural University, which he earned in 1995.

Tu is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada. Tu has conducted years’ worth of research that has been funded by organizations such as National Science Foundation (NSF) and USDA. He also serves as a proposal reviewer, journal reviewer, and conference organizer in addition to mentoring many PhD and MS candidates.

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Research Interests

  • Biomass Processing Chemistry; Biofuels and Bioenergy; Bioprocess Engineering; Yeast and Bacterial Metabolomics; and Biomaterials & Nanotechnology.


Professional Experience

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Associate Professor, Depart. Of Biochemical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
2015- Present
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Associate Professor, Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts
2010-2015
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Assistant Professor, Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts
2008-2013


Honors and Awards

NSF CAREER Award 2013
Faculty International Travel Award 2010
Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Industry R&D Fellowship Award (Postdoctoral), FPInnovations, Paprican Division 2007


Selected Publications

  1. R. Xie, M. Tu*, T. Elder (2016) Substituent Effect of Phenolic Aldehydes Inhibition on Alcoholic Fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Energy & Fuel, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b03034.
  2. W. Guan, S. Shi, M. Tu*, YY. Lee (2016) Acetone–butanol–ethanol production from Kraft paper mill sludge by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation. Bioresource Technology, 200:713-721. 
  3. C. Lai, M. Tu*, Q, Yong, S. Yu (2015) Disparate roles of solvent extractable lignin and residual bulk lignin in enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated sweetgum. RSC Advances, 5(119):97966-97974.
  4. R. Xie, M. Tu*, Y. Wu (2015) Detoxification of biomass hydrolysates with nucleophilic amino acids enhances alcoholic fermentation. Bioresource Technology, 186:106-113.
  5. J. Li, C. Zhu, M. Tu*, P. Han, Y. Wu (2015) Effect of carbonyl inhibitors and their H2O2 detoxification on lactic acid fermentation. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 175(8):3657-36722.
  6. C. Lai, M. Tu*, Z. Shi, K. Zheng, L. Olmos, S. Yu (2014) Contrasting effects of hardwood and softwood organosolv lignins on enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulose. Bioresource Technology, 163:320-327.
  7. C. Lai, M. Tu*, M. Li, S. Yu (2014) Remarkable solvent and extractable lignin effects on enzymatic digestibility of organosolv pretreated hardwood. Bioresource Technology, 156:92-99.
  8. H. Shi, Y. Zhang, B. Xu, M. Tu, F. Wang (2014) Characterization of a novel GH2 family α-l-arabinofuranosidase from hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga thermarum. Biotechnology Letters, 36(6), 1321-1328.
  9. P. Bass, M. Baltzell, L. Zhang, D. Zhang, M. Tu, Z. Cheng (2014) Electromechanical response of NCC-PEO composites. Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 90560U (March 8, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2044418.
  10. D. Cao,  M. Tu*, R. Xie, J. Li, Y. Wu, S. Adhikari (2014) Inhibitory activity of carbonyl compounds on alcoholic fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 62(4):918-926.
  11. X. Yang,  M. Tu*, R. Xie, S. Adhikari, Z. Tong (2013) A comparison of three pH control methods for revealing effects of undissociated butyric acid on specific butanol production rate in batch fermentation of Clostridium acetobutylicum. AMB Express, 3(1):1-8.
  12. R. Xie, M. Tu*, Y. Wu, S. Adhikari (2011) Improvement in HPLC Separation of Acetic Acid and Levulinic Acid in the Profiling of Biomass Hydrolysate. Bioresource Technology 102(7):4938-4942.
  13. M. Tu, X. Zhang*, M. Paice, P. McFarlane, J.N. Saddler (2009) Effect of Surfactants on Separate Hydrolysis Fermentation and Simultaneous Saccharification Fermentation of Pretreated Lodgepole Pine. Biotechnology Progress 25(4):1122-1129.
  14. M. Tu, R.P., Chandra, J.N. Saddler* (2007) Recycling Cellulases during the Hydrolysis of Steam Exploded Ethanol Pretreated Lodgepole Pine. Biotechnology Progress 23:1130-1137. (Contribution = 60%)
  15. M. Tu, R.P. Chandra, J.N. Saddler* (2007) Evaluating the Distribution of Cellulases and the Recycling of Free Cellulases during the Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Substrates. Biotechnology Progress 23:398-406.


Selected Invited Lectures

  1. M. Tu (2014): Carbonyl Inhibition of Biofuels Production from Renewable Biomass, November, 29, Tianjin University of Science and Technology
  2. M. Tu (2013): Carbonyl Inhibition of Biofuels Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass, February 26, 2013, Chemistry, Brown University
  3. M. Tu (2012): Valued Added Bioproducts Development from Biomass, October 2, 2012, Polymer and Fiber Engineering, Auburn university
  4. M. Tu (2012): Biofuels and Value Added Bioproducts Development from Biomass, October 3, 2012, Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University
  5. M. Tu (2011): Biochemical and Hydrothermal Conversion of Softwood Hemicellulose to Ethanol and value added co-products June 30, 2011, Concordia University, Canada
  6. M. Tu (2011): Effects of Surfactant on Biochemical and Hydrothermal Conversion of Softwood Hemicellulose to Ethanol and Furan Derivatives July 6, 2011, University of Guelph/University of Toronto, Canada
  7. M. Tu (2011): Biochemical and Hydrothermal Conversion of Softwood Hemicellulose to Bioethanol and Furan Derivatives, SFWS, Auburn University October 25, 2011
  8. M. Tu (2011): Biochemical and Hydrothermal Conversion of Softwood Hemicellulose to Bioethanol and Furan Derivatives, Biosystem Engineering, Auburn University
  9. M. Tu (2010): Effect of surfactant on enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation, January 18, 2010. South China Agricultural University, China.
  10. M. Tu (2010): Bioprocess & technology for lignocellulosic ethanol: effect of surfactant on lignocellulosic hydrolysis and fermentation, January 10, 2010. Nanjing Forestry University, China.


Selected Conference Presentations

  1. M. Tu (2015) Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) Study on Carbonyl Inhibitors in Biochemical Conversion. IBE Annual Meeting, March 5-7, 2015, oral presentation, St. Louis, MO
  2. M. Tu*, C. Lai (2014) Revealing a Stimulatory Effect of Lignin in Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Lignocellulose. AIChE Annual Meeting, November 16-21, oral presentation, Atlanta, GA
  3. M. Tu*, D. Cao, R. Xie (2014) Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) Study on Carbonyl Inhibition of Microbial Fermentation. AIChE Annual Meeting, November 16-21, oral presentation, Atlanta, GA
  4. J. Li*, M. Tu, C. Zhu (2014) Effect of Inhibitory Compounds on Lactic Acid Fermentation by Lactobacillus Delbrueckii. AIChE Annual Meeting, November 16-21, oral presentation, Atlanta, GA
  5. W. Guan*, S. Shi, M. Tu, Y. Lee (2014) Butanol Production from Paper Mill Sludge by Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation (SSF). AIChE Annual Meeting, November 16-21, oral presentation, Atlanta, GA
  6. M. Li*, P. Bass, M. Tu, (2014) Surface Functionalization of Nanocrystalline Cellulose. AIChE Annual Meeting, November 16-21, oral presentation, Atlanta, GA
  7. Y. Huang*, M. Tu (2014) The Remarkable Role of organosolv Lignins in Enhancing Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass. IBSS project meeting, October 8-10, 2014, poster presentation, Knoxville, TN.
  8. C. Lai, M. Tu* (2014) Lignin in enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass: a double-edged sword. 36th symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, April 28-May 1, oral presentation, Clearwater, FL.
  9. M. Tu (2014) Inhibitory activity of carbonyl compounds on alcoholic fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. 247th ACS National Meeting, March 16-20, 2014, oral presentation, Dallas, TX.
  10. M. Tu*, M. Li, C. Lai (2013) The remarkable role of extractable lignin in enhancing enzymatic hydrolysis of organosolv pretreated biomass. AIChE Annual Meeting, November 3-8, oral presentation, San Francisco, CA.