Kevin Edgar and Yifan Dong
Associate Dean Kevin Edgar

Dr. Kevin Edgar joined the Graduate School as Associate Dean in August 2018.

He is a professor of biomaterials and bioprocessing in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment, and is Associate Director for Research Initiatives, Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute Thrust Leader for Renewable Materials, ICTAS.

Dr. Edgar's lab studies the synthesis, analysis, and structure-property-performance evaluation of polysaccharide derivatives. He has particular interest in the creation of novel drug-delivery systems based on polysaccharide derivatives, in order to address critical patient needs. He is interested in novel methods to control and utilize the nanostructure of polysaccharides and derivatives, in particular the regioselective substitution reactions of complex polysaccharides. 

His research also addresses the broad and vital issue of identifying novel, high value biomaterials from biomass, and viable processes for their preparation. 

He is Associate Director for Research Initiatives in the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII), leads the Renewable Materials thrust and the Bio-based Materials Center of the Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Science (ICTAS), and is a member of the Wood-Based Composites Center (WBC) and the Sustainable Engineered Materials Insitute (SEMI).

He is associate editor for the journals Cellulose and Carbohydrate Polymers. Dr. Edgar moved to Virginia Tech in 2007 from Eastman Chemical Company, where he was a Technology Fellow focusing on cellulose ester chemistry, drug delivery, and the creation of technology portfolios and organizations to support new business initiatives.

He holds a bachelor of science degree from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. from Duke University.

He can be reached via email at