Lucian Lucia currently serves as a Professor in the Departments of Forest Biomaterials and Chemistry and as a faculty in the programs of Fiber & Polymer Science and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina State University. His laboratory, His Laboratory of Soft Materials & Green Chemistry probes fundamental materials science topics related to the chemistry of renewable polymers. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Florida for modeling photoinduced charge separation states of novel Rhenium (I)-based organometallic ensembles as a first order approximation of photosynthesis.
He began his professional career as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology examining the mechanism of singlet oxygen’s chemistry with lignin & cellulose.
A large part of his recent work has been focused on the chemical modification of cellulosics for biomedical applications.
He teaches a undergraduate historical perspectives class on paper history and engineering, an upper level undergraduate green chemistry class & lab, and a graduate student seminar series.