Darryl Taylor

PhD Student

Darryl Taylor is a second year Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Materials at Duke University. His research focuses on developing nanocellulose, an environmentally friendly plant polymer, into synthetic biofilms to understand the behavior of multi-species bacteria. He is also an Understanding AI and Materials National Science Foundation Trainee, an Alfred P. Sloan 2021-22 Scholar and the co-founder of a nanocellulose start-up that specializes in creating applications for electronics and food packaging. Darryl received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Honors Group I, from Hampton University. He is a passionate advocate for replacing and removing fossil fuel-based materials from industrial processes and consumer products. Darryl has the goal of becoming a top researcher and business leader in green materials, with the hope of creating positive impact through leadership and building a sustainable world through innovation.

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 231 Wilkinson


  • Hampton University, BS Chemical Engineering 2019