TAPPI Nano Student Committee Hosts Free Coffee Break on Wednesday

TAPPI Nano Student Committee will be hosting their first “Coffee Break” session on Zoom, 11 a.m.-noon EDT on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

During this live, hour-long interactive session you’ll hear from two professional scientists in the nanotechnology field, Kim Nelson, Ph.D., CTO of Nancellulose at GranBio Technologies and Maria Soledad (Sole) Peresin, Ph.D., academic researcher, Auburn University, talk briefly about their career paths. A Q&A will be held at the end of the session by moderator Gwenn Delepierre, the Nano Student Committee Engagement Chair.

The event is free, but registration is required.


Meet the Speakers:

Dr. Kim Nelson

Dr. Kim Nelson has a PhD in Chemical Engineering at GA Tech and a Master of Science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at GA Tech. Dr. Nelson is currently CTO Nanocellulose at GranBio Technologies. She is an entrepreneurial scientist and business manager with a 13 years of experience in comprehensive innovation spanning all phases from ideation through product development, process development, scale-up, commercialization, manufacturing, sales, and customer service, involving multiple patented biorefinery technology platforms for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals, and nanocellulose. She is the lead inventor of API’s nanocellulose production processes and responsible for nanocellulose technology development and partnerships. Dr. Nelson holds over 60 patents in the biorefinery and nanocellulose fields. She held previous roles at GranBio include project management, R&D management, governmental affairs, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance and was formerly a pulp mill process engineer with MeadWestvaco.


Dr. Maria Soledad (Sole) Peresin


Dr. Maria Soledad (Sole) Peresin got her Licenciate in analytical chemistry in 2007, from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina) with focus on pulp and paper chemistry. In 2011, she obtained her Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials degree from North Carolina State University (USA). She has over ten years of academic experience with strong emphasis on nanocomposite materials, surface chemistry of plant cell wall components and their interactions, including studies of the materials in model surface approach.

In 2016, she started her appointment as an Assistant Professor at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Forest Products Development Center at Auburn University. During her time at Auburn, Dr. Peresin has established a solid multidisciplinary research platform that gathers expertise in the areas of chemistry, pharmacy, materials sciences and engineering, as well as product development, encompassing the needs for stimulating new businesses in food, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medicine sectors, through novel value-added products from biomass (wood, annual crops, agro-forestry, sericulture, etc.).

The impact of her research is well documented with 31 publications, 6 book chapters, 6 invention disclosure applications and over 100 presentations in national and international forums, including invited talks. Most recently completed the co-editing of a book titled “Lignocellulosics. Renewable Feedstock for (Tailored) Functional Materials and anotechnology” (Elsevier, 2020).