Fueling Knowledge: Sip and Learn During TAPPI’s Nano Student Committee Coffee Break Webinar

TAPPI’s Nano Student Committee is organizing a new free and interactive coffee break session with two professional speakers. You will hear from Dr. Blaise L. Tardy, Assistant Professor at Khalifa University and Dr. Caio G. Otoni, Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering/Polymer Science at the Federal University of São Carlos.

Dr. Blaise L. Tardy will present an overview of his findings on advanced materials obtained from lignocellulosics and will put into perspective the localized and global role of scientists focusing on bioproducts to promote a greener world. Dr. Caio G. Otoni will discuss circular bioeconomy from an upcycling angle perspective and will summarize the most recent efforts of the research group maTREErials.

The Nano Student Committee Coffee Break webinar on Wednesday, September 27 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (ET) will be moderated by the TAPPI Nano Student Committee and will open the session to questions and further discussion with the audience.

Webinar attendance is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Sign up today!

Meet the Presenters: Dr. Blaise L. Tardy and Dr. Caio G. Otoni

Dr. Blaise L. Tardy is an Assistant Professor who joined Khalifa University in January 2022. After graduating from EPFL (2009, Switzerland), Dr. Blaise Tardy obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Melbourne (2015, Australia) and was thereafter a research fellow at Aalto University (2016-2022, Finland). His main aim is to connect fundamental and applied sciences in order to facilitate the widespread implementation of sustainable materials and processes. This includes the processing of natural building blocks as obtained from biotechnological means as well as by-products from aquacultural, agricultural, and food-associated streams – with the efforts targeting optimized biomass production and management.

Dr. Caio G. Otoni has been an Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering/Polymer Science at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) since 2020, from where he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (2017) in a dual affiliation with Embrapa Instrumentation.

Food Engineer by training, Dr. Otoni was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Chemistry of the University of Campinas (Unicamp) from 2017 to 2020 and a visiting scholar at the Department of Bioproducts and Bioprocesses of Aalto University (2019), both dealing with the Physical Chemistry of Biocolloids. Dr. Otoni has been with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA; 2010–2011) and currently serves as Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna (2023). His research is centered on biobased multifunctional materials, nanocomposites and nanohybrids, and other biopolymeric colloids that are assembled into materials for food, biomedical, and agricultural applications.