2021 TAPPI NANO Webinar Series - Nanotechnologies to Advance the Carbohydrate-based Society

The paradoxical nature of papermaking, where water is a key element, led to one of the most important inventions in the history of civilization.

Is nanocellulose and nanolignins the next generation of materials in the upcoming material revolution? In this webinar we explore the scientific principles behind papermaking and their relationship with nanocellulose, nanolignins and ligno-nanocelluloses, all of which can be integrated for unconventional applications as sustainable technological materials.

Together, nanocellulose, nanolignins and ligno-nanocelluloses offer research opportunities for addressing global challenges. Translation of such research opportunities, that are impactful, will only be possible by concerted efforts involving research across borders through initiatives such as the Boreal Alliance that bridges several continents.

We will illustrate some associated impacts that were accomplished through collaborations within the industry.

Research Chair,  Orlando Rojas will host the 2021 TAPPI NANO Webinar Series - Nanotechnologies to Advance the Carbohydrate-based Society webinar, held on Tuesday, June 8th 9:00AM – 10:30AM (EDT) to provide insights on plant cell wall fractionation into materials with sizes in the nanoscale track with phenomena that occur at the fiber level, during digestion and refining.

The resultant nanomaterials, based on cellulose and lignin, can be conveniently recombined into bioproducts that display interesting synergies, as multicomponent and multifunctional materials. These aspects will be discussed in terms of their mechanical, optical, thermal, and conductive properties.

Goals:

  • Appreciate the impact of lignin in cellulose-based materials
  • Connect fibrillation processes with those that are typical in papermaking, enabling a better understating of the fractionation of components (size and chemical composition) upon physical separation
  • Identify the many opportunities that exist in the synthesis of advanced materials
  • Learn about supraparticle design
  • Learn about some organizational models that advance research and development in the area, to create a societal impact

Webinar attendance is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Reserve your space today!

Meet Presenter:

Orlando Rojas
Canada Excellence Research Chair
The University of British Columbia, Canada
Aalto University, Finland

Professor Orlando Rojas received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University followed by an appointment as Senior Researcher in the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH and the Institute for Surface Chemistry, YKI, both in Stockholm. He was professor (2004-2014) in the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Chemical and Biological Engineering of North Carolina State University. He is visiting professor in Aalto University’s Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.  Currently, Professor Orlando Rojas is a Canada Excellence Research Chair under a program that supports world‑renowned scientists to establish ambitious research in Canada. He is Director of the Bioproducts Institute, a cluster with ca. 40 professors of University of British Columbia (UBC) with shared interest in the area. In UBC, he shares affiliation with the departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Wood Science and Chemistry. He is a Distinguish Professor in Nanjing Forestry University, Dalian Polytechnic University, and South China University of Technology.

Register today for 2021 TAPPI NANO Webinar Series - Nanotechnologies to Advance the Carbohydrate-based Society webinar held on Tuesday, June 8th 9:00AM – 10:30AM (EDT).

Webinar attendance is free and open to everyone, but registration is required.
Reserve your space today!