Student Committee Coffee Break

June 14 - 18, 2021 | Scandic Marina Congress Center

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Zoom Coffee Break

Wednesday, June 10 | 10:00 a.m. CST


TAPPI's Nano Student Committee is pleased to invite you to attend a Zoom "coffee break" with professional scientists Dr. Kim Nelson, CTO of Nanocellulose at GranBio Technologies, and Dr. Maria Soledad "Sole" Peresin, an academic researcher at Auburn University. This hour-long meeting will begin with our pair of guest scientists briefly explaining their career path, followed by a Q&A session and a discussion moderated by Engagement Chair, Gwenn Delepierre.

This meeting is set to take place on Wednesday, June 10, at 10:00 a.m. CST (11:00 a.m. EST). For specific Zoom information and access to the meeting, please click the following link:


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Meet the Speakers


Dr. Kim Nelson is CTO Nanocellulose at GranBio Technologies. She is an entrepreneurial scientist and business manager with 13 years comprehensive innovation experience 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. Dr. Nelson’s previous roles at GranBio include project management, R&D management, governmental affairs, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance. She was formerly a pulp mill process engineer with MeadWestvaco. Dr Nelson obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering at GA Tech and a Master of Science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech.


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). In 2010 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Forest Products Technology, Aalto University (Finland). After finalizing her doctoral dissertation, in 2011 she joined the High Performance Fibre Products Knowledge Team at VTT, for her post-doctoral studies and where she continued working as a Senior Scientist.

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. Her focus is on the development of value-added products from biomass, with emphasis on using nanocellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin in novel applications such as engineered high-strength materials through electrospinning, film casting, wet-spinning, among other processing techniques. 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.

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.). Her research group focuses on surface modification of nanocellulose fibers for water remediation, macromolecules immobilization as well as on the development of composite materials using bio-based polymers.

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).

Dr. Peresin had organized many meetings and workshops, throughout the US, EU and S. America, including ACS National Meetings and TAPPI Nano International meetings.