- | Department of Sustainable Biomaterials | Virginia Tech

Dr. Roman works in the area of natural and bio-based polymers and composites. Her background is in chemistry with an emphasis on polymer chemistry. Dr. Roman received her PhD degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Prior to joining the department, she held a postdoctoral position at the Pulp and Paper Research Centre at McGill University.

Dr. Roman’s research program is centered around the properties and applications of cellulose nanocrystals. The program spans both fundamental and applied projects in wood and materials science. Dr. Roman teaches Wood Chemistry, Products, and Processes and Wood Materials Science and Techniques.

Areas of Expertise

  • Self-assembly and colloidal properties of cellulose nanocrystals
  • Surface functionalization of cellulose nanocrystals
  • Complexation of cellulose nanocrystals with polyelectrolytes
  • Interactions of cellulose with proteins and cells
  • Applications of cellulose nanocrystals in targeted drug delivery and tissue engineering
  • Enzymatic cellulose degradation in the bioethanol process


  • M.S. - Clausthal University of Technology, 1996
  • Ph.D. - State University of New York, 2002

Graduate Students

  • Shuping Dong
  • Ph.D. Candidate

  • Jung Ki Hong
  • Ph.D. Candidate


Proposals Funded

Refereed Journal Publications

Other Publications

Conference Proceedings


Graduate Theses / Dissertations

Courses Taught

Short Courses / Continuing Education

University Services

Professional Services