Junna Xin Portrait

Associate Director | eVenus Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc.

Curriculum vitae

Technical Interests

  • Application development of biodegradable thermosetting based on vegetable oil
  • Partial depolymerization of lignin and its application in polymer
  • Chemical recycling of carbon fiber reinforcement polymer under mild conditions
  • Synthesis of biobased acrylonitrile from propylene glycol
  • Preparation of fully biobased hydrogel from lignosulfonate amine

Professional Experience

  • 2022-present, Associate Director, eVenus Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc
  • 2018-2022, Senior Scientist/Group leader, Primera Analytical Solutions Corporation, Princeton, NJ
  • 2015 – 2018, Assistant Research Professor, Composite Materials and Engineering Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2012 – 2015, Post Doctoral Research Associate, Composite Materials and Engineering Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2008 – 2010, Senior Scientist, Shanghai Chempartner Co. Ltd., ShangPharma Corporation


  • Ph.D., Applied Chemistry, 2008, State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • B.S., Chemistry, 2003, School of Chemical Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology



  • Guo, X., J. Xin, M.P. Wolcott and J. Zhang. 2016. Mechanochemical oleation of lignin through ball milling and properties of its blends with PLA. Chemistry Select. DOI: 10.1002/slct.201600633. 1(13):3449-3454.
  • Xin, J., M. Li, R. Li, M.P. Wolcott, and J. Zhang.  2016.  Green epoxy resin system based on lignin and tung oil and its application in epoxy asphalt.  ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.  DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b00256.  4(5):2754-2761.
  • Lianhai Lu, Junna Xin, Chang-Soo Woo, Tianxi Cai and Ho-In Lee.  2006.  H3PW12O40catalyzed liquid phase nitration of aromatics-a green process without using H2SO4. Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis, 159(6): 353-356.
  • Xin, J., Q. Xu, H. Zhang, X. Yang and L. Lu.  2008.  GC-FTIR Analysis on Structural Isomers from Hydrogenation Products of p-Phenylphenol.  Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis, 28(4), 710-713.
  • Junna Xin, Lianhai Lu, Yue Wang, Xiaojun Peng.  2008. Regioselective Hydrogenation of p-Phenylphenol to p-Cyclohexylphenol over Pd/C Catalyst in THF Solvent.  Catalysis Communications. 9:2345-2348.
  • Xin, J., P. Zhang, K. Huang and J. Zhang. 2014.  Developing Vegetable Oil-Based High Performance Thermosetting Resins.  In Soy-Based Chemicals and Materials, Chapter 13, ACS Symposium Series, Vol 1178; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC.  Chapter DOI: 10.1021/bk-2014-1178.ch013. pp. 299–313.
  • Brito, G.F., J. Xin, P. Zhang, T.J.A. Mélo and J. Zhang.  2014. Enhanced melt free radical grafting efficiency of polyethylene using a novel redox initiation method. RSC Advances, 4(5):26425-26433.
  • Xin, J., P. Zhang, K. Huang and J. Zhang.  2014. Study of green epoxy resins derived from renewable cinnamic acid and dipentene: synthesis, curing and properties. RSC Advances, 4:8525-8532.
  • Zhang, P., J. Xin and J. Zhang. 2014. Effects of catalyst type and reaction parameters on one-step acrylation of soybean oil. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, DOI: 10.1021/sc400206t. 2(2):181–187.
  • Xin, J., P. Zhang, M.P. Wolcott, X. Zhang, and J. Zhang. 2014. Partial depolymerization of enzymolysis lignin via mild hydrogenolysis over Raney Nickel. Bioresource Technology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2013.12.092. 155:422-426