2023 Nano Post Conference Proceedings

2023 Nano Post Conference Proceedings


Monday 12 June 2023


Session 1: Opening Session and Keynote 

“The 10 Year Journey of a Biomaterials Company”
Gurminder Minhas, Managing Director, Performance Biofilaments


Tuesday 13 June 2023

Session 2: CNC Nanocomposites 
Session Chair : Francesco D'Acierno, INRAE

  1. The Improvement of Cementitious Material Properties by Addition of Nanocellulose
    Jeffrey Youngblood, Purdue University

  2. Understanding The Role of Cellulose Nanocrystals on The Hydration of Portland Cement: Investigation with Tricalcium Silicate as A Model Component
    Sreenath Raghunath, Bioproducts Institute, University of British Columbia

  3. Nanocellulose-Nanolignin Polymer Composites Electrolyte Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications
    Fernanda Brito, Bioproducts Institute, University of British Columbia

  4. Cellulose Nanocrystals as Modifier for Oxidation Stability and Tribology in Hyaluronic Acid Suspensions
    Zhiyu Wang, The University of British Columbia

Session 3: Design and Production of Nanocellulose Films
Session Chair: Rakibul Hossain, University of Maine Co-Chair: Nabanita Das, University of Maine

  1. Production Of Translucent Films from Cellulose Filaments for Packaging Applications. Part 1: Development of Properties
    Francois Drolet, FPInnovations

  2. Production Of Translucent Films from Cellulose Filaments for Packaging Applications. Part 2: Manufacturing Process
    Francois Drolet, FPInnovations

  3. Nanocellulose Paper Barrier Coatings
    Ronald Sabo, US Forest Products Laboratory

  4. Influence Of Fibril Morphology on The Barrier Properties of Microfibrillated Cellulose Coatings and Films
    Robyn Hill, University of Birmingham

Session 4: CNM Self- Assembly and Related Properties
Session Chair: Matteo Hirsch, EPFL

  1. How Electrolytes Vary the Suspension Structure of Cellulose Nanocrystals
    Christine Browne, Monash University

  2. Rheology, Self-Assembly, And Colloidal Stability of Carboxylated Cellulose Nanocrystals
    Madeleine Hallman, Bioproducts Institute, University of British Columbia

  3. Rheological Considerations for Advanced Manufacturing with Cellulose Nanocrystals
    Michael Bortner, Virginia Tech

Session 5: CNC Based Packaging Materials and Films
Session Chair: Lauren Geurds, The University of Queensland

  1. Comparison Of Cellulose- Based Films for Barrier Packaging Applications
    Vesa Kunnari, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

  2. Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) Reinforced Bio- composite Coating for Perishable Fruits
    Muhammad M. Rahman, Rice University

  3. Controlling Droplet Contact Angle with Micropatterned Nanocellulose Films
    Christine Browne, Monash University

Session 6: Nanocellulose for Construction
Session Chair: Ronald Sabo, US Forest Products Laboratory

  1. Use Of Nanofibrillated Cellulose in Concrete: Reducing Corrosion and Cracking While Improving Adhesion and Mechanical Performance
    Keith Gourlay, Performance Biofilaments

  2. Upgrading Regular Wood- Fiber Insulation Panels to Structural Wall Sheathing Enabled by Cellulose Nanofibrils
    Rakibul Hossain, University of Maine

  3. Strategies On Improving Flame Retardancy of Cellulose Nanofibrils Aerogel
    Feng Jiang, University of British Columbia

Session 7: CNM Characterization and Regulatory Aspects 
Session Chair: Anderson Veiga, University of British Columbia

  1. Prospective Life Cycle Assessment of Cellulose Nanofibrils with Enzymatic Pre- treatment
    Valdeir Arantes, University of Sao Paulo

  2. Automated Morphological Analysis of Cellulose Nanocrystals
    Thomas Parton, University of Cambridge

  3. Designing A Physical and Chemical Characterization Strategy for Cellulose Nanomaterials to Meet Regulatory Requirements in Multiple Markets
    James Ede, Vireo Advisors

Session 8: Lunch with Presentation Sponsored by Fiberlean® Technologies Ltd. How is MFC Revolutionizing Paper, Packaging, Building Materials, and More?
Session Chair: Jimmy Jong, FPInnovations

Dave Skuse, Vice President of Technology

Session 9: CNC Application Is Emulsion 
Session Chair: Douglas Fox, American University

  1. Bicontinuous Emulsions from Renewable Nanoparticles
    Yi Lu, University of British Columbia

  2. Design Rules for Cellulose Nanocrystal-Stabilized Emulsions and Dry Oil Powders
    Emily Cranston, University Of British Columbia

  3. Pickering Emulsions of Cellulose Oxalate from Norway Spruce Bark
    Isabella Kwan, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  4. Tunable Pickering Emulsions Based on Cellulose Nanomaterials and Cellulose Derivatives
    Francesco D'Acierno, INRAE

Session 10: Polymer Composites
Session Chair: Meghan Lamm, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  1. One-Pot Syntheses of Functionalized Nanocelluloses for Advanced Elastomers and Hydrophobic Applications
    You-Lo Hsieh, University of California Davis

  2. Wet And Spray-Dried Cellulose Nanofibrils as Nucleating Agent for Biopolymer Composites
    Hidayah Ariffin, University Putra Malaysia

  3. Hybrid Polylactic Acid (PLA) Composites: Impact of Varying the Cellulose Material (CM) Source
    Amber Hubbard, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Session 11: Special Topics- Development of CNM Use in Targeted Applications 
Session Chair: Amir Sheikhi, Penn State University and Co-chair: Carolina Ordonez, Queen’s University

  1. Biohybrid Melanized Cellulose Nanofiber Foams Towards Water Purification
    Kevin DeFrance, Queen's University

  2. Lignocellulosic Bioplastic as A Promising Active Food Packaging
    Nasim Amiralian, University of Queensland

  3. Cellulose Nanomaterials in Single and Coaxial Filaments Produced by Wet Spinning for Biomedical Applications
    Eupidio Scopel, Institute of Chemistry - Unicamp

  4. High-Barrier Plasticized Cellulose Nanocrystal Film
    Warren Batchelor, Monash University

Session 12: Panel Discussion on International Nanomaterial Regulations and Ongoing Characterization Challenges 
Moderator: Maria Soledad Peresin, Auburn University


  1. Linda JohnstonNational Research Council of Canada
  2. Michael GoergenU.S. Endowment
  3. Heli KangasValmet
  4. James EdeVireo Advisors
  5. Djordje Vladisavljevic, Health Canada

Session 13: Student Rapid Fire 
Moderator: Emilien Freville, University Grenoble Alpes CNRS

  1. Alyson Manley, University of Maine
  2. Ariane Fernandes, University of British Columbia
  3. Giuliana Franco, University of British Columbia
  4. Parisa Bayat, University of Ottawa
  5. Qiyao Sun, ETH Zurich
  6. Runru Liu, University of British Columbia
  7. Tiinamari Seppänen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
  8. Kevin Oesef, University of British Columbia
  9. Anderson Veiga, University of British Columbia


Wednesday 14 June 2023

Session 15: Special Topics: Dispersion of CNMs In Polymer Matrices or Elastomers
Session Chair: Johan Foster, University of British Columbia

  1. Exploring The Use of Urea as An Additive to Prevent Nanocellulose Aggregation and Improve Dispersion In A Thermoplastic Matrix
    Beatrice Swensson, KTH Royal Institute Of Technology

  2. Surfactant-Free Emulsion Polymerization Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals
    Chuanwei Miao, FPInnovations

  3. Pilot-Scale Preparation of a Surface Modified Cellulose Nanofibrils (CNF) Composite Feedstock
    Meghan Lamm, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  4. Aqueous Polymer Modifications to Cellulose Nanofibrils to Create Poly (Lactic Acid) Composites
    Megan Lamm, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Session 16: Packaging I 
Session Chair: Keith Gourlay, Performance Biofilaments

  1. Microfibrillated Cellulose for Next-Generation Sustainable Packaging
    Dave Skuse, Fiberlean Technologies Ltd.

  2. Update On Commercialization of Cellulose Nanomaterials Toward Tree Fruit Frost Protection and Thermal- Insulation Packaging Applications
    Xiao Zhang, Washington State University

  3. Air Dried Clay/Lignocellulose Foam for Fire-retardant Thermal Insulation
    Yeling Zhu, University of British Columbia

  4. Barrier Properties of Nanocellulose Films
    Warren Batchelor, Monash University

Session 17: Advancing Commercial Production of Nanomaterials
Session Chair: Jimmy Jong, FPInnovation

  1. Effect of Enzyme Hydrolysis Incubation pH and Temperature on Production of Microfibrillated Cellulose from Mechanical Pulp Fines
    Mariana Frias De Albuquerque, University of British Columbia

  2. Micro-Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC) - Progress Towards Continuous Production
    David Cowles, Valmet

  3. Producing Microfibrillated Cellulose Using a Stirred Media Mill Grinder
    Lewis Taylor, Fiberlean

  4. Producing Microfibrillated Cellulose using a Stirred Media Mill Grinder
    Lewis Taylor, Fiberlean

Session 18: Advanced Characterization Strategies for CNM Distribution and Other Properties
Session Chair: Wenjing Sun, EPFL

  1. Contrast-Enhanced Micro- Computed Tomography and Scanning Electron Microscopy for Visualization of Microfibrillated Cellulose In Paper
    Samira Gharehkhani, Bioproducts Institute, University Of British

  2. Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Enhanced Visualization of Pulp Fibres by X-Ray Micro- Computed Tomography
    Anderson Veiga, University of British Columbia

  3. Analysis Of Cellulose Nanomaterial Systems Via Advanced Autofluorescence Spectroscopy
    Marcus Johns, University of British Columbia

Session 19: CNC Structures and Fundamentals 
Session Chair: Megan Roberts, University of British Columbia

  1. Hairy Cellulose Nanocrystals: Fundamentals and Emerging Applications
    Amir Sheikhi, Penn State University

  2. Crosslinked CNC Bouligands
    Douglas Fox, American University Columbia

  3. Microstructure And Mechanical Properties of Surfactant Lamellar Phases Added by Nanocelluloses
    Caio Otoni, Federal University of São Carlos

Session 20: Lignin-Based Nanomaterials
Session Chair: Eero Kontturi, Aalto

  1. Production Of Ph-Stable Lignin Nanoparticles in High Yield Via an Innovative Green Approach and Their Application in The Dying of Textiles
    Valdeir Arantes, University Of Sao Paulo

  2. Scalable Production of Lignin Nanoparticle Synthesis Via Sub-Critical Water Reaction
    Philip McMichael, University of British Columbia  

  3. Lignosulfonate Addition in An Enzymatic Pre-Treatment for The Co-Production of Lignocellulose Nanofibers
    Ran Bi, University of British Columbia

  4. Physical Properties of Spray- Deposited Nanocomposite Sheets Based on Cellulose Nanofiber and Lignin Particle
    Yasuaki Inoue, Monash University

Session 21: Lunch with Presentation Sponsored by GranBio and Birla Carbon - From Trees to Tires: Development and Scale-Up of the Nanocellulose Dispersion CompositeTM

  1. Kim Nelson, Chief Technical Officer, GranBio Technologies

  2. Lewis Tunnicliffe, Product Design and Development Manager, Birla Carbon

Session 22: CNC-Based Nanocomposites 
Session Chair: Oliver Musl, University of British Columbia

  1. Synergistic Reinforcement Polyamide 6 Using Cellulose Nanocrystals and Wood Fibers
    Adel Jalaee, University of British Columbia

  2. Revolutionizing Nanocellulose-Reinforced Composites Through the Manufacturing Renew3D Program
    Soydan Ozcan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  3. Biomimetic Crosslinked Cellulose Nanocrystal Microbeads for Personal Care Products
    Gili Bar, University of British Columbia

  4. Cellulose Nanocrystal - Shape Memory Photonic Thermoplastic Composites for Information Encryption
    Zongzhe Li, University of British Columbia

Session 23: Applications in Electronics
Session Chair: Eupidio Scopel, Institute of Chemistry Unicamp

  1. Preparation Of Biomass- Templated Composite Solid- State Electrolytes and Their High Lithium-Ion Transference
    Hao Zhang, Åbo Akademi University

  2. Terahertz Complex Conductivity of Nanocellulose-PEDOT: PSS Composite Films
    Jarkko J. Saarinen, University of Eastern Finland

  3. Regenerated Bacterial Cellulose Fibres
    Miguel Gama, University of Minho

Session 24: New Methods in CNM Material Characterization
Session Chair: Amir Sheikhi, PennState University

  1. Cellulose Nanofibrils from Wood and Bark: Comparison of Fibril Properties
    Didik Supriyadi, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

  2. Hierarchical Control of Swelling in Pulp Fibers
    Thaddeus Maloney, Aalto University

  3. Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanofibers:Mechanochemical Esterification & Trifluoroacetylation
    Robert Nicholas, Purdue University

  4. In Situ Assessment of Cellulose Reactivity Kinetics with DSC Heat Of Dissolution And Heat-Controlled Cross- Polarized Microscopy
    Antti Koistinen, Aalto University

Session 25: New Technology Showcase
Session Chair: Jimmy Jong, FPInnovations


  1. Fiberlean – Dave Skuse
  2. Anomera – Timothy Morse
  3. ANPOLY – Eunji Seo
  4. Performance Biofilaments – Michael Liu
  5. University of Maine/ Valmet – Colleen Walker
  6. Surface Measurements Systems

Session 26: Safety and Regulatory Evaluation 
Session Chair: Kimberly Ong, Vireo Advisors

  1. Safer-By-Design Toolbox to Advance Functionalized Cellulose Nanomaterials: Project Overview and Toolbox Methods
    Yueyang Zhang, Vireo Advisors

  2. Safer-By-Design Toolbox to Advance Functionalized Cellulose Nanomaterials: Toolbox Development and Life Cycle Risk Assessment
    Kora Kukk, University of Maine

  3. Microfibrillated Cellulose Products: Environmental and Regulatory Aspects
    Dave Skuse, Fiberlean Technologies

  4. Safety And Regulatory Aspects of Novel Biobased Materials: Challenges and Unusual Issues
    Jo Anne Shatkin, Vireo Advisors

Session 27: Nanofibrillated Cellulose for Biomedical Applications

  1. Sustainable And Effective Antimicrobial Surface Based on Cellulose Thin Films
    Zhenyu Zhang, University of Birmingham

  2. 3D Extrudable Cellulose-Based Bioink with High Printability Mechanical Strength and Biocompatibility 

Session 28: End User Panel
Moderator: Hamdy Khalil, Wood Bridge Foam Corporation


  1. Billy McCall, Kintra Fibers
  2. Jinghang Wu, BASF
  3. Matt Dalkie, Lafarge


Thursday 15 June 2023

Session 29: CNC Applications I
Session Chair: Adel Jalaee, University of British Columbia

  1. Nanocellulose Templated Polymer Brushes for The Guided Formation of Metallic Hybrids
    Lauren Geurds, The University of Queensland

  2. Biopolymer-Stabilized Emulsions for The Encapsulation of Trichoderma Conidia Towards Biological Control
    Kevin De France, Queen's University

  3. Synthesis And Characterization of Microencapsulated Controlled Release Fertilizers (Crfs) By Spray-Drying
    Cesar Gutierrez, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad De Mexico

  4. Interactions Between Cncs and Silk Proteins: Revealing the Parameters for Filament Formation
    Ilona Leppanen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Session 30: Nanocellulose Foams and Their Applications
Session Co-Chair: Yeling Zhu, University of British Columbia

  1. Impact Of Coagulation Solvent Polarity on Porous Morphology Evolution in Cellulose Xerogels
    Jeremiah Woodcock, National Institute of Standards and Technology

  2. Oven-Dried Carboxymethylated Cellulose Nanofibril Foam with High Water Durability and Its Application for Dye Removal
    Shin Young Park, Seoul National University

  3. Preparation Of Low-Density Foamed Lignocellulosic Structures Enabled by Cellulose Nanofibrils (CNFs)
    Wenjing Sun, EPFL 

  4. A supercritical CO2-based process to generate cellulose nanofiber/polylactic acid composites
    Carl Tripp, University of Maine

Session 31: Surface Modified CNFs & CNF Production
Session Chair: Philip McMichael, University of British Columbia

  1. Survey On Electro-Mediated TEMPO-Oxidation of Cellulose
    Neptun Yousefi, Aalto University

  2. Optimization Of the Twin- Screw Extrusion (TSE) Process Stability for Cellulose Nanofibril (CNF) Production
    Emilien Freville, University Grenoble Alpes CNRS

Session 32: CNC Applications II
Session Chair: Caio Otoni, Federal University of São Carlos

  1. Dialcohol Cellulose Nanocrystals Enhanced Polymerizable Deep Eutectic Solvent-Based Self-Healing Ion Conductors with Ultra- Stretchability and Sensitivity
    Xia Sun, University of British Columbia

  2. Understanding The Colloidal Stabilization Effect of Nanochitin Suspended with Carbon Nanomaterials Towards Energy Materials
    Tianyu Guo, University of British Columbia

  3. Thermo-Responsive Nanocellulose Hydrogels as A Universal Drug Release Platform
    Qiyao Sun, ETH Zurich

Session 33: Packaging II 
Session Chair: Feng Jiang, University of British Columbia

  1. Cellulose Nanofibrils (CNFs) Enabled Non-Conventional Food Serving Products
    Carl Tripp, University of Maine

  2. Nanolime Templated Cellulose Nanofibers for Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Food Packaging Films
    Yaman Boluk, University of Alberta

  3. Heterogeneous Chemical Grafting of Nanocellulose by Mechanochemistry: A Potential for The Packaging Industry
    Julia Pescheux- Sergienko, University Grenoble Alpes, CNRS

  4. Sustainable Production of Non-Wood MFC Biocomposites for Compostable Personal Care and Packaging Applications
    Darren Martin, The University of Queensland

Session 34: Production of Specialty Nanomaterials 
Session Chair: Dave Skuse, Fiberlean

Novel Method For Producing Ultra-Pure Nanocellulose Via Hydrothermal Pre-Treatment for Biomedical and Cosmetic Applications
Panu Lahtinen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Oil Phase Air Transport for Under-Liquid Biofabrication with Microbial Nanocellulose
Yi Lu, University of British Columbia

Redispersibility Of TEMPO Oxidized Cellulose Fibrils Via Spray-Freeze Drying
Hale Oguzlu, University of British Columbia

Flow-Assisted Assembly of Lignocellulose Nanofibrils (LCNF) Into Microfibers
Saeed Davoodi, KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Session 35: Lunch with Presentation - Nanocellulose: Is It Really a Good Solution for Sustainable Packaging?
Session Chair: Johan Foster, University of British Colombia

  1. Julien Bras, Professor at University Grenoble Alpes


Session 36: Lignin Structures for New Materials
Session Chair: Christine Browne, Monash University

  1. The Impact of Lignin Structure on Precursor & Activated Carbon Quality
    Oliver Musl, University of British Columbia

Session 37: Production of Cellulose Nanocrystals 
Session Chair: Nasim Amiralian, University of Queensland

  1. Hydrolysis With Hydrogen Chloride Gas as A Modular Step in Cellulose Nanocrystal Isolation
    Eero Konturri, Aalto University

  2. Cellulose Nanomaterials Isolated Via Facile Subcritical Water Treatment
    Ruby Osei-Bonsu, Bioproducts Institute, University of British Columbia

  3. Improving Cellulose Nanocrystal Performance Via a Sugar Precipitation Modification Route
    Megan Roberts, University of British Columbia

  4. High-Yield Production of Rod- Like and Spherical Nanocellulose by Enzymatic Hydrolysis
    Valdeir Arantes, University of Sao Paulo

Session 38: Student Session: Career Roundtable

Moderators: Robyn Hill, University of Birmingham, Emilien Freville, University Grenoble Alpes CNRS

  1. Richard GreenwoodUniversity of Birmingham
  2. Gaël Depres, Fedrigoni
  3. Gustavo Oliveira, BC Government
  4. Heli Kangas, Valmet

Session 39: Bio-Based Nanoparticles
Session Chair: Parisa Bayat, University of Ottawa

  1. Engineering Pore Structure and Heteroatom Doping of Chitin-Derived Biocarbon by Binary Molten Salt Templating for Enhanced Supercapacitor Performance
    Pu Yang, University Of British Columbia

  2. Effect Of Cellulose Nanofibrils and Lignin Nanoparticles on The Properties of Lightweight Materials For Oil/Water Separation
    Polianna Ferreira, University Of Campinas

Session 40: Emerging Applications in Electronics and Water Treatment
Session Chair: Robyn Hill, University of Birmingham

  1. Recyclable Nanocellulose Composite Substrates for Flexible Electronics
    Tia Lohtander-Piispa, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

  2. Cellulose Nanofiber Nanocomposite for Flexible and Wireless Electronics
    Teahoon Park, Korea Institute of Materials Science

  3. Nanocellulose-Based Membranes for Nutrient Capture
    Alexey Khakalo, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

  4. Cellulose-based nanomaterials as supports and templates for inorganic particles for the absorption and catalytic oxidation of hazardous pollutants from wastewater
    Yaman Boluk, University of Alberta


Session 41: Dewatering of Nanomaterials
Session Chair: Colleen Walker, University of Maine

  1. Electrochemical Dewatering of Cellulosic Nanomaterials
    Santosh Vijapur, Faraday Technology, Inc.

  2. Dewatering Micro- and Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose Membranes
    Mike Reid, RISE Bioeconomy