Biographical Sketch


Associate Professor Central Michigan University, 2008

Assistant Professor Central Michigan University, 2001.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Colorado State University, 2001.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Michigan State University, 2000.


Ph D, Michigan State University, 1999.

BS, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, 1994.


Green Chemistry Teaching Experience

SAM 798 Basics of Biofuels


Green Chemistry Research Interests

Dr. LeCaptain's current CMU research efforts is the development of green, sustainable materials and process development for biodiesel production.  Key component of the materials research is the utilization of ethanol, butanol, and succinic acid as building blocks.  The latter studies in biodiesel process development seeks production methods utilizing analytical chemistry to enhance the process as well as collaborations across disciplines exploring alternative sources for oils.   The oil to biodiesel process, fermentation technologies, and materials development naturally intertwine in the development  of process methods for integrating, optimizing, and implementing the technologies.


Contact Information

Central Michigan University

Department of Chemistry

Dow Science Complex 358