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John W. Lawton

Senior Scientist

POET LLC

HQ Phone:  (605) 332-2200

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POET LLC

4615 N Lewis Ave

Sioux Falls, South Dakota,57104

United States

Company Description

POET, LLC is a privately held company with no stock listing. POET is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. Today, POET has a network of 28 plants in seven states. POET provides turnkey development, design,... more.

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Background Information

Employment History

Research Chemist

Agricultural Research Service


Affiliations

American Association of Cereal Chemists

Member


BioEnvironmental Polymer Society

Member


Web References(15 Total References)


POET's 'Inviz' to replace more petroleum products - POET

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Those efforts ramped up considerably 2.5 years ago with the hiring of Senior Scientist John Lawton, a leader in zein research, from the NCAUR.
Lawton was intrigued by the potential for zein in POET’s no-cook ethanol production. An interview with POET Senior Scientist John Lawton is available on the POET Web site.


Inviz - natural zein coatings - Resources

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John Lawton, a Senior Scientist at POET investigates the co-products derived from bioethanol production in order to find new value added uses for them.
Over the past 20 years, John has been proactive in the study of physical and chemical properties of cereals and their components. He is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on the physical properties and polymer properties of cereal proteins and starches. Twenty five peer reviewed journal publications, four patents, four book chapters, and 20 presentations have resulted from his research on cereals and their components. He is committed to the development and characterization of proteins and starch based materials and he applies the fundamentals of polymer science to cereal proteins and starches. Prior to joining the POET team, John was the Lead Scientist of the National Program (NP) 306 CRIS project entitled "Nonfood Utilization of Cereal and Soy Based Co-Products" at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, IL. John Lawton is a member of AACC International and is the current co-chair of the Journal Committee. John is also a member of the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society. Publications Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications 1. Lawton, J. W., Davis, A. B., and Behnke, K. C. High-Temperature, Short-Time Extrusion of wheat gluten and a bran-like faction. Cereal Chem. 62:267-271. 1984. 2. Lawton, J. W. and Faubion, J. M. Measuring kernel hardness using the tangential abrasive dehulling device. Cereal Chem. 66:519-524. 1989. 3. Lawton, J. W. Viscoelasticity of zein-starch doughs. 4. Lawton, J. W. and Wu, Y. V. Thermal behavior of annealed acetic acid soluble wheat gluten. Cereal Chem.. 70:471-475. 1993. 5. Lawton, J. W. and Fanta, G. F. Glycerol-plasticized films prepared from starch-poly(vinyl alcohol) mixtures: effect of poly(ethylene-co-acrylic acid). Carbohyd. Polym. 23:275-280. 1994. 6. Lawton, J. W. Surface energy of extruded and jet cooked starch. Die Stärke. 47:62-67. 1995. 7. Lawton, J. W. Effect of starch type on the properties of starch containing films. Carbohyd. Polym. 29:203-208. 1996. 8. Wolf. W. J. and Lawton, J. W. Isolation and characterization of zein from corn distillers grains and related fractions. Cereal Chem.. 75:530-536. 1997. 9. Shogren, R. L., Lawton, J. W., Doane, W. M.., and Tiefenbacher, K. F. Structure and morphology of baked starch foams. Polymer 39:6649-6655. 1997. 10. Shogren, R. L., Lawton, J. W., Tiefenbacher, K. F., and Chen, L. Starch-poly(vinyl alcoho) foamed articles prepared by a baking process. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 68:2129-2140. 1998. 11. Batterman-Azcona, S. J., Lawton, J. W., and Hamaker, B. R. Effects of specific mechanical energy on protein bodies and a-zein in corn flour extrudates. Cereal Chem.76:316-320. 1999. 12. Lawton, J. W., Shogren, R. L., and Tiefenbacher, K. F. Effects of batter solids and starch type on the structure of baked starch foams. Cereal Chem. 76:682-687. 1999. 13. Batterman-Azcona, S. J., Lawton, J. W., and Hamaker, B. R. Microstructural changes in zein proteins during extrusion. Scanning 21:212-216. 1999. 14. Walia, P. S., Lawton, J. W., Shogren, R. L., and Felker, F. C. Effects of moisture level on the morphology and melt flow behavior of thermoplastic starch/poly(hydroxy ester ether) blends. Polymer 41:8083-8093. 2000. 15. Walia, P. S., Lawton, J. W., and Shogren, R. L. Mechanical properties of thermoplastic starch/poly (hydroxy ester ether) blends: effect of moisture during and after processing. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 84:121-131. 2001. 16. Lawton, J. W. Zein: A history of processing and use. 17. Shogren, R. L., Lawton, J. W., and Tiefenbacher, K. F. Baked starch foams: starch modifications and additives improve process parameters, structure and properties. Ind. Crops Prod. 16:69-79. 2002. 18. Shogren, R. L., Doane, W. M., Garlotta, D., Lawton, J. W., and Willett. Biodegradation of starch/polylactic acid/poly(hydroxy ester ether) composite bars in soil. Polym. Degrad Stab. 79:405-411. 2003. 19. Garlotta, D., Doane, W. M., Shogren, R. L., Lawton, J. W., and Willett, J. L. Mechanical and thermal properties of starch-filled poly(D,L -lactic acid)/poly(hydroxy ester ether) biodegradable blends. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 88:1775-1786. 2003. 20. Sessa, D. J., Eller, F. J., Palmquist, D. E., and Lawton. J. W. Improved methods for decolorizing corn zein. Ind. Crops Prod. 18:55-65. 2003. 21. Cinelli, P., Chiellini, E., Lawton, J. W., Gordon, S. H., Imam,S .H. Injection Molded hybrid composites based on corn fibers and poly(vinyl alcohol). 22. Lawton, J. W., Shogren, R. L., and Tiefenbacher, K. F. Aspen fiber addition improves the mechanical properties of baked cornstarch foam. Ind. Crops Prod. 19: 41-48. 2004. 23. Lawton, J. W. Plasticizers for zein: their effect on tensile properties and water absorption of zein films. Cereal Chem. 81:1-5. 2004. 24. Kim, S., Sessa, D. J., and Lawton, J. W. Characterization of zein modified with mild cross-linking agent. Ind. Crops Prod. 20: 291-300. 2004. 25 Biswas, A, Sessa, D. J., Lawton, J. W., Gordon, S. H., and Willett, J. L. Microwave assisted rapid modification of zein by octenyl succinie anhydride. Cereal Chem. 82: 1-3. 2005. 26 Selling, G. W., Lawton, J.W., Bean, S., Dunlap, C., Sessa, D.J., Willett, J.L., and Byars, J., Rheological studies utilizing various lots of zein in N,N-Dimethylformamide solutions. 27 Momany, F.A., Sessa, D.J., Lawton, J.W., Selling, G.W., Hamaker, S.A.H., and Willett, J.L. Structural Chaaracterization of a-zein. J. Agric Food Chem. 54: 543-547. 2005. 28 Biswas, A., Saha, B.C., Lawton, J.W., Shogren, R.L., and Willett, J.L. Process for obtaining cellulose acetate from agricultural by-products. 29 Lawton, J.W., Doane, W.M., and Willett, J.L. Aging and moisture effects on tensile properties of starch/poly(hydroxyester ether) Composites. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 100: 3332- 3339. 2006. 30 Cinelli, P., Chiellini, E., Lawton, J.W., and Imam, S.H. Foamed articles based on potato starch. 31 Lawton, J.W. Isolation of zein using 100% ethanol. Cereal Chem. 83: 565-568. 2006. 32 Lawton, J.W., Selling, G.W., and Willett, J.L. Corn gluten meal as a thermoplastic resin: Effect of plasticizers and water content. Cereal. Chem. 85:102-108. 2008. Other Publications 25. Lawton, J. W. Influence of a processing variable, temperature, and two ingredient variables, on extrusion texturization of wheat gluten. Kansas State University. 65 pp. 1984. (M.S. Thesis). 26. Lawton, J. W. Studies of sorghum endosperm hardness using reconstituted tablets and the tangential abrasive dehulling device. Kansas State University. 143 pp. 1989 (Ph.D. dissertation). 27. Shogren, R. L and Lawton, J. W. Biodegradable starch-polyester composites. Proc. of the Corn Utilization Conf. VI. 4 pp. 1996. (Proceedings). 28. Bothast, R. J., Dien, B. S., Item, L. B., Hespell, R. B., and Lawton, J. W. Conversion of corn fiber to ethanol. Proc. of the Third Liquid Fuel Conf. p. 241-252. 1996 (Proceedings). 29. Lawton, J. W. Biodegradable coatings for thermoplastic starch. Cereal: Novel Uses and Processes. pp. 43-47. 1997 eds. 30. Shogren, R. L., Lawton, J. W., and Tiefenbacher, K. F. Process for manufacturing degradable thin-walled mouldings. PCT Patent. WO09700015A1. January 3, 1997 31. Shogren, R. L. and Lawton, J. W. Enhanced water resistance of starch-based materials. PCT Patent WO09727047A1. July 31, 1997. 32. Xu, W., Doane, W. M., and Lawton, J. W. Biodegradable polyester and natural polymer compositions and films therefrom. 33. Doane, W. M., Lawton, J. W., and Shogren, R. L. Biodegradable polyester and natural polymer laminates. PCT Patent WO09800459A1. January 8, 1998. 34. Shogren, R. L., Lawton, J. W., and Tiefenbacher, K. F. Process for manufacturing degradable thin-walled mouldings. EP00833564A1. April 8, 1998. 35. Doane, W. M., Lawton, J. W., and Shogren, R. L. Biodegradable bolyester and natural polymer laminates. EP00851891A1. July 8, 1998. 36. Shogren, R. L. and Lawton, J. W. Enhanced water resistance of starch-based materials. U. S. Patent 5,756,194. May 26, 1998. 37. Xu, W., Doane, W. M., and Lawton, J. W. Biodegradable polyester and natural polymer compositions and films therefrom. 38. Doane, W. M., Lawton, J. W., and Shogren, R. L. Biodegradable polyester and natural polymer laminates. U. S. Patent 5,861,216. January 19, 1999. 39. Xu, W., Doane, W. M., and Lawton, J. W. Biodegradable polyester and natural polymer compositions and films therefrom. 40. Doane, W. M., Lawton, J. W., and Shogren, R. L. Biodegradable polyester and natural polymer laminates. U. S. Patent 6,040,063. March 21, 2000. 41. Lawton, J. W. Nonfood uses of cereals, pp.


Rhapsody in Green: Co-Products

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The answer is largely found in the career path of POET Senior Scientist John Lawton.
Lawton has spent his career working on zein, much of it at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research at USDA ARS in Peoria, Ill. That extensive research has made him one of the world's foremost experts on zein. In fact, the Wikipedia entry for zein lists three papers authored or co-authored by Lawton. Those are just a few of the 32 peer-reviewed journal publications and five book chapters that Lawton has authored on zein and related topics and he is also responsible for four patents. Recognizing that expertise, POET hired Lawton almost three years ago so that he could lead the company's efforts to develop commercial production of zein. The two had collaborated on zein research a few years prior to Lawton's arrival at POET. For his part, Lawton wanted to come to POET because he recognized that the way POET produced ethanol resulted in a co-product that was a better starting point for zein. The Dakota Gold HP distillers grains produced with POET's proprietary fractionation and "no-cook" technologies of BFRAC and BPX, contains a protein that hasn't been damaged by heat. As noted in the release, Lawton is excited to see the commercialization of his life's work in the lab. Technorati Tags: bio-based, biofuels, biorefinery, ethanol, Inviz, John Lawton, POET, prolamine, protein, science, scientist, zein Quantcast


POET's 'Inviz' to replace more petroleum products - Press Releases - Discovery - POET

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Those efforts ramped up considerably 2.5 years ago with the hiring of Senior Scientist John Lawton, a leader in zein research, from the NCAUR.
Lawton was intrigued by the potential for zein in POET's no-cook ethanol production. "Inviz can be used to make biodegradable plastics, time-release capsules for pills and other substances, varnish, there are just so many possibilities," Lawton said. An interview with POET Senior Scientist John Lawton is available on the POET Web site.


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John Lawton, Senior Scientist at POET
"POET is large enough to produce what would be needed and price it competitively enough to make it work," says John Lawton, Senior Scientist at POET (see " The Scientist Behind Inviz ," below). "There are applications out there that use petroleum-based products to coat paper," says Lawton. John Lawton, Senior Scientist for POET POET Senior Scientist, John Lawton has spent his career working on zein, much of it at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research at USDA ARS in Peoria, Ill. That extensive research has made him one of the world's foremost experts on zein. In fact, the Wikipedia entry for zein lists three papers authored or co-authored by Lawton. Those are just a few of the 32 peer-reviewed journal publications and five book chapters that Lawton has authored on zein and related topics and he is also responsible for four patents. Recognizing that expertise, POET hired Lawton almost three years ago so that he could lead the company's efforts to develop commercial production of zein. The two had collaborated on zein research a few years prior to Lawton's arrival at POET. For his part, Lawton wanted to come to POET because he recognized that the way POET produced ethanol resulted in a co-product that was a better starting point for zein. The Dakota Gold HP distillers grains produced with POET's proprietary fractionation and "no-cook" technologies of BFRAC TM and BPX, contains a protein that hasn't been damaged by heat. As noted in the release, Lawton is excited to see the commercialization of his life's work in the lab.


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