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Gabriel Patterson

Ph.D Student

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Ph.D.: Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry (emphasis in Fiber and Polymer Science); 2019 (Expected)

University of California, Davis

Advisor/Major Professor: Dr. You-Lo Hsieh

B.A.: Environmental Science (Concentration in Chemistry); 2013 Colorado College

Thesis: Biorefinement of lignocellulosic biomass into advanced liquid transportation fuel.


Defibrillation-assembly of cellulose nanofibrils into aerogel membranes permselective for small active ingredients. From an applications point of view, my research serves as an ideal model for the adaptation of underutilized cellulose co-products – generated from the growing, harvesting, and processing of agricultural cash crops – into economically and ecologically impactful commodities. In particular, I am investigating cellulose nanofibrils and their self-assembled aerogel structures as hierarchically porous templates for tailored membrane separation technologies.


  1. Patterson, G. Self-assembly of TEMPO-cellulose nanofibrils into ion-exchange membranes. Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group Annual Colloquium. UC Davis. March 9th, 2017
  2. Patterson, G., Benday, N., Pace, S. Samso Ferry – a techno-economic investigation of the transition from LNG to LBG. Presented at the 2015 US- Denmark Renewable Energy Program: Partnerships for International Research and Education. Denmark Technical University, Roskilde, Denmark
  3. Patterson, G. Advanced liquid transportation fuel: improvements in enzymatic degradation for cellulosic biofuel. Presented at the 2013 Colorado College Environmental Science Department’s Senior Seminar. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  4. Patterson, G. Reducing product inhibition in β-glucosidase enzymes. Presented at the 2012 Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) Poster Session. Colorado University, Boulder, Colorado


  1. Patterson, G. (2015) “The Protagonist.” Colorado College Alpine Journal 2015. http://ccalpinejournal.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/05/CCAJ2015_web.pdf (In-house publication)
  2. Patterson, G., Benday, N., Pace, S. (2015) A techno-economic investigation of the transition from liquid natural gas (LNG) to liquid biogas (LBG) for the Samsø ferry service. Denmark Technical University, pire.soe.ucsc.edu (In-house publication)


Professional written and spoken proficiency in Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish


  1. Teaching Assistant (TA) and TA Trainer, Microbiology Department, UC Davis, 03/2015 – present
  2. Teaching Assistant, Student Academic Success Center, UC Davis, 09/2014 – 12/2014
  3. Research Fellow, USAID/UC Davis Research and Innovation Fellowship for Agriculture (RIFA). University of Guatemala, San Carlos & University of California, Davis, 01/2016 – 08/2016
  4. Research Fellow, US-Denmark Summer School on Renewable Energy System, Aalborg University; Denmark Technical University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 08/2015
  5. Research Assistant, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Panama City, Panama, 06/2013 – 09/2013, “The endophytic fungi of Jatropha curcas, a biofuel plant.”
  6. Research Assistant, Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2), Colorado School of Mines, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 05/2012 – 08/2012