TAPPI Nano Student Committee Coffee Break

Virtual Webinar
Thursday, May 23, 2024 to Thursday, May 23, 2024

11:30am – 12:30pm ET

There is no cost to attend, but you must register to get the Zoom link.

Join this free and interactive coffee break session to hear from two professional speakers: Dr. Adam (Jie) Wu, co-developer of undergraduate course BEST 303 and current postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia. Also speaking will be Dr. Shaojun Qi, holds two patents along with several journal publications, Dr.QI is currently Senior Materials Engineer at YASA Ltd. Dr. Wu will present his career path in the field of sustainability research and will share a summary of his research. Dr. Qi will share his career path and some insight on his work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nano Division Student Committee coffee breaks are a live interactive session where students can learn valuable career focused information from established Career Professionals. These seminars often provide useful tips, motivation and pertinent information to students pursuing a career in renewable nanomaterials.

Sponsored by Nano Division

Dr. Shaojun Qi

Shaojun obtained his PhD in 2017 from the University of Birmingham where he studied metallurgy and materials successfully defended his thesis on graphene-based multi-functional coatings. He was then Research Fellow at the same university working on two European projects advancing surface technologies for carbon fibres and plastic injection molding, respectively before dedicating to a fast-paced research project amid COVID-19 when he and colleagues developed a new anti-viral coating based on sustainable cellulose materials ending up with two patents alongside with several journal publications. Having switched his lane from the academia to industry, Shaojun is currently Senior Materials Engineer supporting the business’s innovations towards next generation e-motors at YASA Ltd. a subsidiary of Mercedes.


Dr. Adam (Jie) Wu

Dr. Adam (Jie) Wu holds a bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Science, 2015), a master’s degree (Master of Engineering Leadership, 2017), and a Doctorate (Doctor of Philosophy, 2021), all obtained from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Together with Prof. Jack Saddler, Dr. Wu co-developed the undergraduate course BEST 303 (Applied Biotechnology for Bioproducts) and acted as the course instructor from 2023-2024.

He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher supervised by Prof. Scott Renneckar at UBC. Dr. Wu’s research interest includes repurposing the mechanical pulping technique into a pretreatment/front-end for cellulosic ethanol production, as well as using chemo-enzymatic approaches to produce bio-based materials such as micro/nano-fibrillated cellulose and mechanical pulp fines-derived byproducts.




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