June 12 - 16, 2023 | Westin Bayshore, Vancouver BC

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Workshop Set for TAPPI Nano 2023! 

Take your TAPPI Nano experience to the next level by joining us Monday, 12 June 2023 for this workshop. 

Cellulose Nanomaterial (CNM) Characterization Workshop – Primary Characterization

13:30 – 16:00

Workshop Overview:

For the advancement in understanding, process optimization, and utilization of cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs) it is critical to use characterization measurement protocols that give consistent, reliable and accurate results. However, because of the exponential growth in interest/activity in CNMs, much of the development of these measurement protocols have been outpaced. This 2 1/2 hour workshop helps to address this gap by providing summaries/outlines details the best practices and limitations for several techniques/methods typically used for the characterization of CNMs, in particular, surface charge, surface characterization, crystallinity determination and mechanical properties. Each topic will be covered by experts in the field for the given technique, with the purpose to inform the audience why one should consider using a given technique (e.g., use “this” technique for “that” reason”), then provide a detailed best practice for the technique (e.g., here is the proper way to do “this” technique). Where possible examples have been given to highlight how “this” technique shows “these” data on “these” CNMs. Throughout the workshop, specific comments are made regarding any differentiation in the characterization of CNC versus CNF. 

Workshop Outline:

Who Should Attend?

Anyone in industry or academia who is a beginner/novice in conducting standard materials characterization of CNMs. The presentation style and content for this year’s workshop is similar to that given at Nano 2022, however, there are notable updates in charge titration, and new topic on surface characterization.      

Workshop Faculty:


 Robert Moon, USDA Forest Service
Forest Products Laboratory

2023 Conference Chair
Johan Foster, UBC


Opportunities for Cellulose Nanomaterials in Packaging Applications

09:00 – 12:00

Workshop Overview:

This workshop will be an introduction into how cellulose nanomaterials can be used in packaging applications. The workshop will cover properties of CNs films alone, as a barrier application on paper and polymer substrates, and incorporated into other polymeric materials. The benefits of using CNs for packaging applications and resulting properties will be covered. Barrier properties are of specific interest, and a focused discussion will be provided on how to measure barrier properties and expected values relative to conventional packaging materials. Other areas for discussion include CN modification for packaging, biodegradability, and finally trends for both using CNs in packaging, and trends in the packaging industry which will allow for the use of these new materials.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone in academia including researchers, product engineers, professors and those in industry including packaging suppliers, and CN producers.

What are the learning outcomes?

Attendees will be able to:

Workship Faculty:

Dr. Nicole Stark

Dr. Nicole Stark's research focuses on the combination of wood-based materials such as wood fiber and cellulose nanomaterials with other polymers to create new composite materials. Her research includes incorporating alternative raw materials such as biopolymers, low-value woody biomass, and biorefinery residuals into high-value composites. Specific research interest are the durability and weathering of wood-plastic composites and the use of cellulose nanocomposites for packaging applications. Dr. Nicole Stark received her Ph. D in Forest Science at Michigan Technological University located in Houghton, MI.

Dr. Ron Sabo

Dr. Ron Sabo's research aims at developing next generation composites using sustainable forest resources and a fundamental understanding of material properties and interactions. His work aims to develop advanced composites by understanding and exploiting the properties of materials at the nanometer and molecular scales. He is working to develop novel composites produced from natural fibers that have been processed and modified into nanoparticles and nanofibers with unique physical and mechanical properties. Dr. Sabo also has research activities aimed at developing 'green' composites using biodegradable, bio-derived, or recycled materials. Dr. Sabo received his Ph. D in Chemical Engineering at UF

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