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New horizons for nanocellulose technology

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Alan Windle FRS, Professor Steve Eichhorn, Dr Silvia Vignolini and Dr Sameer S. Rahatekar.

This image represents the coffee-ring effect in a cellulose nanocrystal film, induced by the mass transport during the drying of a colloidal suspension. Copyright Giulia Guidetti.

This discussion meeting will focus on the fundamental chemical, physical properties of cellulosic materials in nature and their future utilisation for engineering materials and bioeconomy. The programme of distinguished speakers, whose backgrounds reflect the interdisciplinary nature of research into cellulosic materials, will provide a dynamic, border-crossing and thought-provoking review of this emerging area.

The schedule of talks and organiser/speaker biographies are available below. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date.

Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17:00 on Tuesday 2 May 2017. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words and in the third person), author list, name of proposed presenter and institution, to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Monday 27 March 2017. Please include the text 'Poster abstract submission: Nanocellulose' in the email subject line. Please note that places are limited and posters are selected at the scientific organiser's discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advanced registration is essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

An evening poster session and drinks reception will be held following the close of the meeting on Tuesday 2 May. Whilst the posters are free to view for all registered participants, the corresponding optional drinks reception is ticketed. Drinks tickets can be purchased during registration.

Enquiries: Contact the Scientific Programmes team

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

02 May

09:00-12:30

Fundamental properties of nanocellulose

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Chairs

Professor Alan Windle FRS, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK

09:00-09:05 Welcome by the Royal Society

09:05-09:45 Development of Advanced Lignocellulosic Bioproducts from Multiphase Systems

Professor Orlando Rojas, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Aalto University, Finland

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09:45-10:30 Hybrid superlattice structures from nanocellulose and inorganic materials

Dr Docent Tekla Tammelin, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland

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10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:45 Order and gelation of cellulose nanocrystal suspensions

Professor Derek Gray, McGill University, Canada

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11:45-12:30 Pickering Emulsions Stabilised by Cellulose Nanocrystals

Dr Wadood Y. Hamad, FPInnovations and University of British Columbia, Canada

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12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Applications of nanocellulose

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Professor Steve Eichhorn, College of Engineering, Maths & Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, UK

13:30-14:15 Title TBC

Professor Alain Dufresne, INP Pagora, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France

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14:15-15:00 Optimizing Cellulose Nanocrystal Surface Chemistry to Enhance Colloidal and Thermal Stability

Professor Emily Cranston, Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

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15:00-15:30 Tea break

15:30-16:15 Responsive photonic hyrdogels based on nanocrystalline cellulose

Professor Mark MacLachlan, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada

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16:15-17:00 Title TBC

Professor Alex Bismarck, Department of Chemistry and Materials Research, University of Vienna and Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

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17:00-18:30

Poster session

03 May

09:00-09:45

Understanding dissolution and regeneration of cellulose

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Chairs

Dr Silvia Vignolini, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK

09:00-09:45 Folding of xylan onto cellulose fibrils in plant cell walls revealed by solid-state NMR

Professor Paul Dupree, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK

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09:45-10:30 Structure of native cellulose microfibrils, the starting point for nanocellulose production

Dr Michael C Jarvis, School of Chemistry, Glasgow University and IBioIC, Strathclyde University, Glasgow

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10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:45 Residual wood polymers facilitate compounding of microfibrillated cellulose with non-polar media

Professor Wolfgang Gindl-Altmutter, Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials, BOKU-Vienna, Austria

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11:45-12:30 Molecular interactions at play in nanocellulose assembly

Dr Yoshiharu Nishiyama, CERMAV-CNRS, France

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12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Strong cellulose fibres and composites for engineering applications

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Chairs

Dr Sameer S. Rahatekar, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing Engineering, Cranfield University, UK

13:30-14:15 Understanding the structure of the plant cellulose synthase complex and its relationship to cellulose microfibril structure

Professor Simon Turner, School of Biological Science, University of Manchester, UK

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14:15-15:00 TBC

15:00-15:30 Tea break

15:30-16:15 Critical Measurements of Cellulose Nano Materials to Understand Interfacial Behavior and Self Assembly

Dr Jeffrey W. Gilman, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

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16:15-17:00 Panel discussion: future directions

New horizons for nanocellulose technology The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK