Adam Grossman

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

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My research involves characterizing the antibacterial activity of the phenolic plant polymer lignin against Staphylococcus aureus. Essentially, lignin is extracted from cellulosic ethanol waste residues and is minimally processed into a water-soluble form which enables characterization of its antibacterial activity. Aside from characterizing its antibacterial activity, my goal is to optimize the application of lignin as a surface coating to prevent bacterial growth.