Person

Timothy G Rials

Assoc Dean & Professor | AgResearch Administration
Overview

Tim Rials is the Associate Dean of AgResearch at the University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, following 15 years as the Director of the UT Center for Renewable Carbon. Dr. Rials is a graduate of Mississippi State University, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in wood science from Virginia Tech. He joined the university following 13 years with the U.S. Forest Service, after two years on the faculty of the University of California–Berkeley. Tim’s research career has focused on the development of renewable chemicals, including sustainable aviation fuels. Tim focuses on UT AgResearch programs by facilitating the development of multi-disciplinary faculty teams that cut across departments and institutions. He also promotes AgResearch relationships with commodity groups, agencies, and professional groups.

Research Focus

Research and development is directed at advancing lignocellulosic biomass as a feedstock for value-added fuels, chemicals and materials.

Research Questions
  • Identifying improved varieties of purpose-grown crops (hybrid poplar, switchgrass, etc.) that offer high yields of biomass optimized for performance in specific biorefinery processes.
  • Addressing the structure and properties of lignin isolated from different biomass sources, including the influence of chemical structure on thermal and rheological behavior impacting process behavior in polymeric systems.
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102 CRC Material Science and Technology Unit
2506 Jacob Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Tech, Virginia Polytech Inst & St Un, 1986

Timothy G Rials

Assoc Dean & Professor | AgResearch Administration
Timothy G Rials image
102 CRC Material Science and Technology Unit
2506 Jacob Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Tech, Virginia Polytech Inst & St Un, 1986
Overview

Tim Rials is the Associate Dean of AgResearch at the University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, following 15 years as the Director of the UT Center for Renewable Carbon. Dr. Rials is a graduate of Mississippi State University, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in wood science from Virginia Tech. He joined the university following 13 years with the U.S. Forest Service, after two years on the faculty of the University of California–Berkeley. Tim’s research career has focused on the development of renewable chemicals, including sustainable aviation fuels. Tim focuses on UT AgResearch programs by facilitating the development of multi-disciplinary faculty teams that cut across departments and institutions. He also promotes AgResearch relationships with commodity groups, agencies, and professional groups.

Research Focus

Research and development is directed at advancing lignocellulosic biomass as a feedstock for value-added fuels, chemicals and materials.

Research Questions
  • Identifying improved varieties of purpose-grown crops (hybrid poplar, switchgrass, etc.) that offer high yields of biomass optimized for performance in specific biorefinery processes.
  • Addressing the structure and properties of lignin isolated from different biomass sources, including the influence of chemical structure on thermal and rheological behavior impacting process behavior in polymeric systems.