Joe B. Grubbs III, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering

Developing next-gen plastics

Telephone: 706-338-3324


Riverbend North Labs - Room 173
110 Riverbend Road
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Joe Grubbs is a senior polymer scientist and UGA Liaison with DaniMer Scientific, a biopolymer company in Bainbridge, Georgia. DaniMer is working with UGA researchers to develop a new generation of plastics made from canola oil. They are just as strong and malleable as their petroleum-based cousins, but these plastics finish their life cycle being consumed by microorganisms in the soil whence they came. Read more about Dr. Grubbs' work in UGA Research magazine.


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Georgia, 2014
B.S., Biology, Georgia Southwestern, 2003
A.S., Biological Science, Bainbridge College, 2003

Areas of Specialty

  • Biodegradable Polymers
  • Renewable Hot Melt Adhesives
  • Biodegradable Waxes
  • Aqueous Coatings
  • Solvent Coatings
  • Biodegradable Thin Films


DaniMer Scientific