Technical Program Schedule

June 11 - 14, 2018 | Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center | Madison, Wisconsin

Technical Program Schedule

As of 14 April 2018. Subject to change. 


11 June, 2018

 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Forest Products Laboratory Tour #1
 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Workshop: Practical Safety Strategies for Bio/Nano Technology Commercialization
 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Student Committee Lunch
 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Workshop: Cellulose Nanomaterials Characterization - Primary Characterization
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Forest Products Laboratory #2
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Session 1: Opening Session and Keynote
Keynote Speaker: Alper Kiziltas, Ph.D., Ford Motor Company
Welcome & Nano Division Overview

 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Young Professionals Mixer



12 June, 2018

 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM





 Session 2: Particle Size Measurement

 Session 3: Nanolignin and Ligno-Nanocellulose: Production and Application Prospects

 Session 4: Responsive & Functional Materials I

Proof-of-Concept of Gel Fractionation of Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft MFC

Braz Demuner, Fibria Cellulose

Bio-nanomaterials Development: Linking R&D Activities and Industrialization Of Lignin Micro - and Nanoparticles

Orlando Rojas, Aalto University

Cellulose Nanomaterial in High-Performance Water-Based Drilling Fluid

Qinglin Wu, Louisiana State University

Determining Nanocellulose Particle Size — A Comparative Study

Valdeir Arantes, Lorena School of Engineering, University of São Paulo

Exploring the Interactions That Drive the Assembly of Cellulose Nanofibers Produced from Australian Spinifex Arid Grass

Katarzyna Kapa, University of Queensland, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Encapsulation of Phase Change Materials in Cellulose Nanocrystals-Reinforced Poly(urea-urethane) Microcapsules and Their Incorporation in Asphalt for Snow and Ice Melting,

Carlos Martinez, Purdue University

Characterization of Concentrated Aqueous CNC Suspensions By Static Multiple Light Scattering: Equivalent Particle Size And Suspension Stability

Zygmunt JakubekNational Research Council of Canada


Microfibrillated Cellulose Production from Various Lignocellulosic Fines 

Warren Batchelor, Monash  University

Sensing water diffusion and its effects in CNC-epoxy composites using Aquafluor

Jeremiah Woodcock, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Invesetigation into Low Level Quantification Techniques for Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) in Aqueous Media

Brian O'Connor, FPInovations 

Anisotropic Cellulose Nanofibers/Lignin Foams For Thermal Insulation

Nathalie Lavoine, Stockholm University

Unusual approaches to cellulose nanocrystal modification: allomorph transition and end-to-end connections

Eero Kontturi, Aalto University

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM



Session 5: 3D Printing & Coatings Session 6:  Industrial Applications Session 7:  Foams & Gels I

 Interaction in cellulosic fiber-fiber joins at humid and wet conditions by AFM and confocal Raman microscopy

Agne Swerin, RISE Research Institute of Sweden

Towards Enhanced Durability And Sustainable Construction Through Tuned Cellulose Nanofibres

Vivek Bindiganavile, University of Alberta

Towards Nano-enabled Bio-Based Solutions by Foam Technologies

Katariina Torvinen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Towards 3D printing of ABS-cellulose nanocrystal composite materials

Matthew Hartings, American University

Cellulose Filament Reinforced Cement Board

Xiaolin Cai, FPInnovations

 Ultralight Weight Kapok Fiber Derived Aerogels for Oil Spill Cleaning

Indu Chauhan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 

 Improved Wood Coatings via CNC Addition

Jeffrey Youngblood, Purdue University

 The potential of TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils as a rheology modifier in food systems

Ragnhild Aaen, NTNU

 Fiber-level Simulation of Nanofibrillated Cellulose Suspensions

Jing-Yao Chen, University of Wisconsin  

 Filaments for 3D printing based on polymeric composite of poly-hydroxybutyrate/bacterial cellulose for application in tissue engineering 

Igor Tadeu Silva Batista, UNIARA 

 Hygiene product application utilizing cellulose based absorbent material made by tempo oxidation

Jani Lehmonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

 Design Principles to Create Porous Light-weight Materials 

 Anurodh Tripathi, North Carolina State University 

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Session 8: Lunch with Presentation Sponsored by CelluForce Inc.  
Speaker: Yinyong Li, Treaty, LLC  

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM





 Session 9: Industrial Production I  Session 10: Transport Properties of Nanocellulose-based Films and Membranes  Session 11: Tissue Engineering and Implants

Control of Membrane Processes During the Production of Cellulose Nanomaterials

Emily Sharata, Membrane Specialists

Nanocellulose Functionalization Using Silsesquioxane Particles Sol Gel Formation In Aqueous Conditions and Their Application for Superhydrophobic Coated Paper

Julien Bras, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP, LGP2

3D Printing Of Nanocellulose Scaffolds With Tailored Mechanical Strength Towards Medical Applications

Xiaoju Wang, Åbo Akademi University

CNC Production at Dramatically Lower Acid Ratios

Joel Kelly, NORAM/BC Research

Recyclability of Spray Coated Smooth Nanocellulose Films as a Potential Sustainable Alternative to Synthetic Packaging 

Warren Batchelor, Monash University/BioPRIA

Mechanically Adaptive Bio-Nanocomposites for Implantable Sensing

Johan Foster, Virginia Tech

Cellulose Nano Crystals Production and Development of Innovative Products

Shaul Lapidot, Melodea, Ltd.

Nanocellulose-based Membrane With Antifouling Properties Prepared by Grafting of Zwitterionic Polymers

Luis Alexandro Valencia Lopez, Stockholm University

Nanocellulose reinforced poly(propylene fumarate) composites

John Simonsen, Oregon State University

 Cost Effective Production of CNC at InnoTech Alberta,


Behzad Ahvazi, InnoTech Alberta, Inc.

Study of Structure Dependence Of Barrier Properties In Nanofibrilated Cellulose Films for Intelligent Food Packaging Applications

Vadim Kislitsin, University of Alberta

New Production Strategies for Tissue Scaffolds Containing Cellulose Nanocrystals and Their Fate in Vivo

Emily Cranston, McMaster University

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Session 12 End User Panel

Session 13: Tissue Engineering, Implants and Drug Delivery


Dr. Alper Kiziltas, Ford Motor Company
Dr. Toivo Kodas, Cabot Corporation
Dr. Kent Nielsen, 3M
Dr. Raj Wallajpet, Kimberly Clark Corporation


Shape-memory 3D Printable Hydrogels with Anti-microbial Properties

Gilberto Siqueira, Applied Wood Materials Lab. - Empa


Cellulose-Based Lateral Flow Devices for Low-Cost Point-of-Care Blood Coagulation Monitoring

Hua Li, University of Cincinnati


Evaluating Mucoadhesion Properties of Nanocellulose in Gastrointestinal Tract

Yu-Ju Lin, University Georgia 

Vitamin B Complex Encapsulated On Bacterial Nanocellulose: A Model Study On Adsorption and Controlled Delivery System

Diego Gomez-Maldonado, Auburn University 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Session 14:  Poster Session and Student Poster Competition



13 June, 2018

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM




Session 15: Automotive & Other Manufacturing Processing

Session 16: Processing and Applications of Nanocellulose-based Coatings

Session 17: Responsive & Functional Materials II

Role of Nanocellulose in Glass Fiber-Epoxy Interphase

Ejaz S. Haque, Georgia Institute of Technology

Chitin and Cellulose Spray Coated Nanomaterials for Sustainable Barrier Applications

Chinmay Satam, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mechanical Behavior of Polymer Conjugated Cellulose Nanocrystal Films

Sinan Keten, Northwestern University

High performance nanocellulose – polyamides composites

Fabiola Vilaseca, University of Girona

Roll-to-roll Fabrication of Transparent Cellulose Nanocrystal Coatings on a Flexible Substrate with Controlled Anisotropy

Reaz Chowdhury, Purdue University

Development of Cellulose Fibre Yarns For Hormone Capture From Aqueous Matrices

Hannes Orelma, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Toward the Applications of CNFs Materials for Automotive Parts

Hiroyuki Yano, Kyoto University

Coatability of CNC Suspensions in a High-throughput Continuous Process

Rajesh Koppolu, Åbo Akademi University

Singly Dispersed Gold Nanoshell-bearing Cellulose Nanocrystals with Tailorable Plasmon Resonance

Nikolay Semenikhin, Georgia Institute of Technology


Towards CNC-Enabled Lightweighting of Automotive Components

Craig Clemons, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Comparison of Coating Methods for the Application of Cellulose Nanofibrils (CNF) as Coating on Paperboard

Doug Bousfield, University of Maine

Novel Tunable Amphiphilic to Hydrophobic Nanocelluloses Via a Multi-Functional Reagent

You-Lo Hsieh, University of California, Davis

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM





Session 18: Melt & Dry Processing I

Session 19: Self-and Directed Assembly of Nanocellulose

Session 20: Foams & Gels II

Cellulose Nanocrystal — Thermoplastic Composites via Melt-Blending

Douglas Fox, American University

Confinement Driven Organization of CNF and CNC

Gustav Nyström, Empa

Fabrication and Functionalization of Advanced Nanomaterials with 3D-Network Structure from Cellulose and Whole Biomass using LiBr Molten Salt Hydrate System

Yang Liao, UW Madison

Dual approach to Driving Crystallinity-Based Performance In Polylactic Acid Materials: Cellulose Nanomaterials Delivered By Polyethylene Glycol

Caitlyn Clarkson, Purdue University

Optimizing the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Chiral-Nematic Cellulose Scaffolds for Tough Bioinspired Polymer Composites

Bharath Natarajan, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Ultralight, Highly Thermal Insulating and Fire Resistant Aerogel by Encapsulating Cellulose Nanofiber with Two-dimensional MoS2

Hongli Zhu, Northeastern University

Embedding Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) into Polymer Particles for Enhanced Processing

Priya Venkatraman, Virginia Tech

Nanocellulose Biofabrication: A Versatile Toolbox for Self-assembled Functional 3D Structures

Orlando Rojas, Aalto University

Cellulose Nanocomposites: Vacuum Infusion of Cellulose Nanofiber Preforms with Bio-Based Epoxy

Kristiina Oksman, University of Oulu

Improving Compatibility and Compounding of Cellulose Nanocrystals in Polymer Composites

Ronald Sabo, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

Engineering the Self-assembly of Cellulose Nanocrystals on Complex Topography to Obtain Advanced Hybrid Materials

Blaise Tardy, Aalto University

Cellulose Nanofibrils Aerogel: Development and Application In Water Treatment

Feng Jiang, The University of British Columbia

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Session 21: Lunch with Presentation Sponsored by Nanocellulose Forum
Speaker: Akira Isogai, University of Tokyo

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 22: Photonics and Optical Applications

Session 23: Nanocellulose Based Composites

Session 24: Nanocellulose For Enhancing Paper

Circularly Polarized Light Detection on Transistors using Cellulose Photonic Dielectrics


Controlling cellulose nanocrystal location within latex systems by tuning interfacial compatibility

Elina Niinivaara, McMaster University

The Benefits of Using MFC (Microfibillated Cellulose) in Coated Papers

David Cowles, GL&V USA Inc.

“Patchy” Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals with a Thermoresponsive Polymer for a Switchable Liquid Crystal

Bailey Risteen, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dry-spun neat cellulose nanofibril filaments: effect of process variables and additives on filament properties 

Shokoofeh Ghasemi, University of Maine 

Enhancing Coating Holdout with Cellulosic MicroFibrils

Donna Johnson, University of Maine Process Development Center

UV-blocking hybrid


films containing ceria and silica nanoparticles

Tiffany Abitbol, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Understanding the Impact of Cellulose- and Chitin-based Nanomaterials in Various Polymer Matrix Constructs

Cameron Irvin, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Life Cycle Assessment of Packaging Containing Microfibrillated Cellulose From Spruce

Ellen Soldal, Ostfold Research


Electrophoretic Deposition of CNC-Containing Photonic and Semi-Conductive Films

Wadood Hamad, FPInnovations

Surface Modifications of Nanocellulose for Assembly of a Stable Organogel Support for Drug Crystallization

Manali Banerjee, Georgia Institute of Technology

Industry Adopted Production of Nanocellulosic Material Optimized for Increased Strength of Packaging and Printing Paper

Anna Svedberg, MoRe Research 

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM



Session 25: Flexible Electronics

Session 26: Characterization Methods

Session 27: Processing and Properties of Nanocellulose-based Films for Packaging Application

Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) Derived MorC@Sulfur-doped Carbon Aerogels for Hydrogen Evolution

Yun Lu, Research Institute of Wood Industry Chinese Academy of Forestry

Investigating the Influence of Fibril Size on Microfibrillated Cellulose (MFC) Suspension Morphology Under Flow: A Rheological Approach

Michel Schenker, FiberLean Technologies Ltd.


All-Cellulosic Packaging From Cellulose Nanofibrils and Fatty Acid Esters

Heli Kangas, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.


Launderable Conductive Fabrics with Nanocellulose Coating

Yunsang Kim, Mississippi State University

Comparison of supramolecular structures of CNCs of different origins

Umesh Agarwal, USDA FS Forest Products Laboratory

 Hybrid Nanopaper of Cellulose Nanofibrils and PET Microfibers with High Tear Resistance

Emil Gustafsson, Université Grenoble Alpes, LGP2

 AlGaN/GaN HEMT Based RF Power Amplifier on CNF Substrate for Environment-Friendly Flexible Electronics

Huilong Zang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Chemically Labeling of Cellulose For Quantitative Tracking

Jeremiah Woodcock, NIST

 Sturcture-property Relationships In Physical, Mechanical, and Barrier Properties of Hybrid Cellulose Nanofibril/Bentonite Films For Packaging Applications

Mehdi Tajvidi, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine


 Rheological Characterization and Testing Standards for Nanocellulose Materials

Jianshan Liao, Renewable Bioproducts Institute,  Georgia Institute of Technology


6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

 Conference Dinner  



14 June 2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Session 28: Safety in Applications Session 29:
Applications of Nanocellulose/Inorganic Composites
Session 30: Emulsions & Colloids

What Do We Know About the Safety of Cellulose Nanomaterials: Environmental Health and Safety Roadmap, knowledgebase and uncertainties

Jo Anne Shatkin, Vireo Advisors, LLC

Aligned and Stable Metallic MoS2 on Plasma Treated Mass Transfer Channels for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Hongli Zhu, Northeastern University


Medium and High Internal Phase Oil-in-Water Pickering Emulsions Stabilized by Cellulose Filaments

Chuanwei Miao, FPInnovations


Toxicological Evaluation of Nanocellulose in Experimental Models of Occupational Respiratory Exposure

Jenny Roberts, NIOSH

Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) for Fire Retardant Applications

TriDung (TD) Ngo, InnoTech Alberta

Surprising Adhesive Property Modifications Using Cellulose Nanocrystals

Marc Dube, University of Ottawa


Comprehensive Physicochemical Characterization of Novel Cellulose Materials: Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Health

Christie Sayes, Baylor University

Processing and Performance of Clay-Nanocellulose Hybrids

Lars Berglund, KTH Royal Inst of Technology

Tuned Multifunctional Cellulose Nanocrystal Acid-Base Cooperative Organocatalysts For Upgrading Biomass-Derived Platform Molecules

Nathan Ellebracht, Georgia Institute of Technology


An Update on the Science of Demonstrating the Safety of Cellulose Nanomaterials for Food Related Uses

James Ede, Vireo Advisors, LLC

Retardation Effects of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) in Portland Cement Pastes

Francisco Montes, Purdue University




10:00 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 


Session 31: Industrial Production II

Session 32: Solvent Based Processing

Session 33: Foams & Gels III

Mineral/microfibrillated Cellulose Composite Materials: High Performance Products, High Solids Product Forms and Applications

David Skuse, FiberLean Technologies Limited

Counterion Design of TEMPO_Nanocellulose Used as Filler to Improve Properties of Hydrogenated Acrylonitrile-Butadience Matrix

Akira Isogai, University of Tokyo 

Novel method to produce cellulosic lightweight materials

Camila Alves Rezende, University of Campinas 

Scaling up the CNC Production: Optimizing Cellulose Degradation with Gaseous HCl

Timo Pääkkönen, Aalto University

Effect of Cellulose Nanofibril Addition On Gel Spinning of Continuous Polyacrylonitrile Fiber, and Their Corresponding Properties

Jeffrey Luo, Georgia Institute of Technology

Nanocellulose aerogels and air filters

Junji Nemoto, Hokuetsu Kishu Paper 

Phosphorylated cellulose nanofibers: effect of concentration and phosphorous salt

Fleur Rol, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP 

Acrylic-CNC Composites Formed by CNC Functionalization with Acryloyl Isocyanate and In Situ Copolymerization

Carson Meredith, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tunable Cellulose Nanocrystal Structured Thin Film Hydrogels

Kevin DeFrance, McMaster University

Using Solid Organic Acids for Sustainable, Economic, and Tailored Production of Cellulose Nanomaterials

J. Y. Zhu, USDA Forest Products Lab

Nanocellulose in Formable, Strong and Lightweight Structures For Interior Construction

Hannes Orelma, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Tailoring the Interactions Between Aminosilane and Cellulose Nanofibrils for the Processing and Drying of Hybrid Siliceous Foams

Korneliya Gordeyeva, Stockholm University

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Session 34: Keynote Presentation and Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Michael Goergen, U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 35: LCA Manufacturing, Life Cycle & Product Safety

Session 36: Adhesive and Bonding Properties of Nanocellulose

Session 37:  Films and Suspension Properties

Session 38:  Student Session:  Career Roundtable



Feng Jiang,
University of British Columbia

Shaul Lapidot, Meloda

Kim Nelson, American Process 

Jo Anne Shatkin, Vireo Advisors, LLC

John Simonsen, Oregon State University


J.Y. Zhu,
USDA Forest Product Laboratory

Microfibrillated Cellulose in Products: Calculation of Environmental Costs and Benefits using Life Cycle Assessment

Ingunn Saur Modahl, Ostfold Research

Development of Resin Free Filters Using Cellulose Nanofibres

Aysu Onur, Monash University

Characteristics of TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofiber/water dispersions and their applications

Yohsuke Goi, DKS Co. Ltd., the University of Tokyo

Microfibrillated Cellulose Ecotoxicological Effects To The Final Treated Industrial Effluent of A Pulp Mill

Fernando Aquinoga Mello, Fibria Celulose S.A.

Binderless Cellulose Filament-Based Product Made by Compression Molding

Natalie Pagé, FPInnovations

Fractionation of cellulose nanocrystal reference material by asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (A4F) 

Maohui Chen, National Reserch Council Canada 

Cellulose Nanomaterials in Products - Risk Assessment According to European Commission's Guideline

Heli Kangas, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Cellulose Nanofibrils-Bonded Particleboards: Production, Property Evaluation and Dewatering Process Assessment

Ezatollah Amini, University of Maine

 Modified Cellulose Nanocrystal Production Routes for Increased Performance of Aqueous Suspensions at High Temperatures

Oriana Vanderfleet,  McMaster University 

 Overview of NIOSH Field Studies for the Assessment and Control of Nanocellulose Materials

Kevin Dunn, NIOSH

 Enhancement of the Physical And Mechanical Properties of Mycelium-Bonded Composite Panels by Cellulose Nanofibrils

Wenjing Sun, University of Maine

Spray Drying of Cellulose Nanocrystals: Dried Granular Particle Morphology and Redispersion in Aqueous Solutions

Yussef Esparza, University of Alberta  

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Session 39: Energy Storage Applications

Session 40: Functional Materials

Session 41: Characterization and Quantification of Cellulose Nanomaterials

Structure and Electrochemical Performance of Cellulose Nanocrystal Derived Carbon Anodes for Lithium and Sodium Batteries

Kyungho Kim, Purdue University


Cellulose Nanocrystal (CNCs) Coatings - A pathway for enhancement of barrier properties of polymers 

MD Nuruddin, Purdue University 

Meeting Global Regulatory Requirements: Overview of Nanomaterial Safety Testing

Kimberly Ong,  Vireo Advisors

Heavy Metal-Free Tannin from Bark for Sustainable Energy Storage

Hongu Zhu, Northeastern University

Development of a Chitosane-nanocellulose Based Biosorbent for an Efficient Adsorption of Copper Ions in Aqueous Solutions

Ilse Cardenas, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 

Metrology Challenges for Characterization of Cellulose Nanocrystals

Linda Johnston, National Research Council Canada


Nanocrystalline Cellulose Based Electroactive Polymer

Maobing Tu, University of Cincinnati,

Preparation of Polypropylene Nanocomposites with Amphiphilic Janus ACC-Nanocellulose Created by Aqueous Counter Collision  

Tetsuo Kondo, Kyushu University

Application of Cellulose Nanocrystal (CNCs) Coatings on Polymers - A Pathway for Enhancement of Barrier Properties of Polymers

M. Jonathan Leboucher, Normandie Univ/CNRS


The Effect of Pretreatment on Key Properties of Cellulose Nanofibers from Hybrid Aspen

Simon Jonasson, Luleå University of Technology

Robust Paper-Based Electrochromic Devices Enabled by Nanocellulose-Coated Paper and Chitin Nanofiber Barrier Layers, 

Augustus Lang, Georgia Institute of Technology Engineerin


Application of Cellulose Nanocrystal (CNCs) Coatings on Polymers - A Pathway for Enhancement of Barrier Properties of Polymers

M. Jonathan Leboucher, Normandie Univ/CNRS



15 June, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Producers Committee Meeting (Invitation Only)
1:00 PM - 3:00PM 2019 Nano Conference Planning Committee (Invitation Only)