Leon Lillie


Doctoral Student



B.S. Chemistry University of Wisconsin – River Falls, 2012

Research Area

Biomass is an important source of new and exciting building blocks for the development of new sustainable materials. My research aims to incorporate the rigid sugar-derivatives: D-glucaro-1,4:6,3-dilactone (GDL), and isosorbide into novel degradable polymeric materials with tunable mechanical properties. 


Shearouse, W. C.; Lillie, L. M.; Reineke, T. M.; Tolman, W. B., Sustainable Polyesters Derived from Glucose and Castor Oil: Building Block Structure Impacts Properties. ACS Macro Lett. 2015, 4 (3), 284-288.

About Me:

Where are you from?

North Saint Paul, Minnesota

If you could meet one scientist from the past or present, who would it be and why?

Nikola Tesla

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?