Dr. Min L DeGruson

Assistant Professor
Engineering & Technology Department
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management

Office: 228C Jarvis Hall-Technology Wing
Phone: 715-232-5500
Email: degrusonm@uwstout.edu
Personal website: www.linkedin.com/pub/min-liu-degruson-ph-d/50/803/571

Research Interests: My research focuses primarily on synthesis and characterization of bio-based polymers for food packaging applications, and using nanotechnology to improve their mechanical, thermal, and barrier properties with additional function such as antimicrobial property.


  • Mandarin (Fluent/Native/Near Native)
  • Cantonese (Fluent/Native/Near Native)


    • Ph D Food packaging/Food Science
      The Pennsylvania State University
      State College, PA, United States, 2014
    • MS Plastics Engineering/Engineering Technology
      Pittsburg State University
      Pittsburg, KS, United States, 2008
    • MS Cereal, Oils & Protein Engineering
      South China University of Technology
      Guangzhou, China, 2007
    • BS Food Science &Technology
      Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      Shanghai, China, 2006

Intellectual Contributions

    Encyclopedia Article

    • DeGruson, M. (Accepted). Biobased Packaging . , Elsevier.

    Journal Article

    • DeGruson, M., Floros, J., & Ziegler, G. (Revising to Resubmit). Modification and Characterization of Layered Double Hydroxide Nanoparticles with Different Antimicrobial Agents. Applied Clay Science.
    • Luo, Q., Liu, M., Xu, Y., Ionescu, M., & Petrovic, Z. (2013). Thermosetting Allyl Resins Derived from Soybean Fatty Acids. Journal of Applied Polymer Science , 127(1), 432-438.
    • Luo, Q., Liu, M., Xu, Y., Ionescu, M., & Petrovic, Z. (2011). Thermosetting Allyl Resins Derived from Soybean Oil. Macromolecules, 44, 7149-7157.

    Book, Chapter

    • Liu, M., & Floros, J. (2012). Aseptic Processing and Packaging. , 441-457.

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Ira W. Minter Memorial Award, The Pennsylvania State University (August 2012)
    • Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition, 2nd Prize, Conference of Food Engineering (April 2012)
    • Research Poster Competition, 1st Prize in Physical and Engineering Sciences, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society (February 2012)
    • Excellent Award of Campus “Challenge Cup” in Science and Technology, South China University of Technology (November 2007)
    • Outstanding Student Leader, Shanghai Jiaotong University (September 2004)


    • Janet G. and Frank J. Dudek Graduate Scholarship , Pennsylvania State University (August 2012)
    • Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship, Institute of Food Technologist in Food Packaging Division (August 2011)
    • Excellent Academic scholarship , Shanghai Jiaotong University (September 2005)