Several FPInnovations scientists have been invited to give presentations and chair sessions on the responsible use and production of renewable and sustainable nanomaterials at the 2019 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials (TAPPI Nano) in Chiba, Japan from June 3 to 7.
The forest industry has long capitalized on its ability to develop new products, technologies, and markets to remain profitable and adapt to the evolving demands of society. Advanced nanotechnology is broadening the scope of what the forest can offer as a renewable and ecologically friendly source of materials for diverse uses ranging from intelligent packaging to advanced electronics and photonics. Manipulating and re-structuring fibres on a molecular level to increase their functionality is a cornerstone of FPInnovations’ bioproducts research program.
“The TAPPI Nano conference creates great networking opportunities with peers who work in similar R&D institutes, academia, industrial companies, as well as in government,” says Wadood Hamad, Vancouver manager of the Transformation and Interfaces group.
Attending the conference will be Vincent Blanchard, Regulatory Affairs manager, Xiaolin Cai, Pointe Claire manager of the Transformation and Interfaces group; Hamad, Jimmy Jong, senior director of Next Generation Processes, and Chuanwei Miao, bioproducts scientist. Hamad, Jong, and Miao will deliver presentations and or chair sessions.
Hamad will chair a session on “Flexible Bio-Electronics”.
Chuanwei Miao will give a presentation titled, “Rheological Characterization of Medium and High Internal Phase Oil‐in‐Water Pickering Emulsions Stabilized with CNCs.”
Hamad will give a presentation on “Chiroptical and Plasmonic Films via Electrochemical Deposition,” as well as chair a session titled, “Photonics”.
Jong will chair a session titled, “CNM Composites and Surface Modification.”
Jong is also the acting chair of the conference’s Nano Producers Committee. The mission of the committee is to provide a forum for producers of cellulosic nanomaterials, such as nanocrystals, nanofibrils, and microfibrils to share industry-wide needs and issues in support of the development of commercial production of cellulosic nanomaterials.
“FPInnovations, in partnership with its member companies, is a driving force in moving the Canadian forest industry to the forefront of bioproducts research. We need to make sure that our research in developing various cellulose-based biomaterials will create high value and impact to the industry by addressing key challenges from a fundamental perspective,” says Jong. “It’s also important to make sure that such biomaterials will have practical end-use applications.”
For more information on FPInnovations’ research on cellulose nanomaterials, contact Wadood Hamad.