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“Effects of Xylan Side-Chain Substitutions on Xylan–Cellulose Interactions and Implications for Thermal Pretreatment of Cellulosic Biomass” (2017) Pereira, CS., Silveira,RL., Dupree, P., Skaf, MS. Biomacromolecules, Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00067


“Removal of glucuronic acid from xylan is a strategy to improve the conversion of plant biomass to sugars for bioenergy” (2017) Lyczakowski, J.J., Wicher, K.B., Terrett, O.M., Faria‐Blanc, N., Yu, X., Brown, D., Krogh, K.B.R.M., Dupree, D., Busse‐Wicher, M. Biotechnol Biofuels, 10:224 DOI:10.1186/s13068-017-0902-1


“Super Tall Timber – Design research for the next generation of natural structure” (2017) Ramage, M.H., Foster, R.M., Smith, S., Flanagan, K. and Bakker, R. Journal of Architecture


"Natural Polymers as Alternative Consolidants for the Preservation of Waterlogged Archaeological Wood."(2017) Walsh, Z., Janeček, E.R., Jones,M., Scherman,. O.A. Studies in Conservation P:1-11


 "Conditional sampling of a high Peclet number turbulent plume and the implications for entrainment" (2017) Burridge, H. C., Parker, D., Kruger, E., Partridge, J. L., Linden, P.F. J. Fluid Mech.,


"From free jets to clinging wall jets: altering the entrainment of horizontal buoyant jets through their attachment to a boundar" (2017) Burridge, H. C. and Hunt, G. R., Physical Review Fluids.,


"Smart Supramolecular Sensing with Cucurbit[n]urils: Probing Hydrogen Bonding with SERS"(2017) De Nijs, B., Kamp, M., Szabo, I., Barrow, SJ., Benz, F., Wu, G., Carnegie,C., Chikkaraddy, R., Wang, W., Deacon, WM., Rosta, E., Baumberg, JJ., Scherman, O.A. Faraday Discussions,





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We are thrilled by the news that Professor Paul Dupree, our project Co-I has been named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher,with the Dupree group’s research among the top 1% most cited works in the field of plant and animal biology. Professor Dupree commented that: “ I’m very proud to be named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher...