Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division

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Call for nominations - Anselme Payen & Graduate Student Awards

The nominations for the next ACS CELL Division Anselme Payen Award and Graduate Student Award are still open and we still welcome nominations for this award. The deadline for the nomination is July 1st, 2017.

What is the Anselme Payen Award?

The Anselme Payen Award is international, and all scientists conducting research in the field of cellulose are eligible for nomination. This award includes a bronze medal and an honorarium of $3,000, given by the CELL Division to honor and encourage outstanding professional contributions to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and its allied products. More details on submitting a nomination package can be found here.

The Graduate Student Award recognises graduate student's achievement in cellulose and renewable materials research. The first place winner will receive a cheque for $1,500 and up to $500 for travel expenses. The second place winner will consist of a cheque for $750 and up to $500 for travel expenses. More information can be obtained here.

ACS Fellow Award 2017

Two members of the CELL Division have won the 2017 ACS Fellow Award. They are Dr Lucian Lucia (North Carolina State University and Qilu University of Technology) and Dr James Wang (Sinopec Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology).

Congratulations to both of them! 


Professor Junji Sugiyama is the 2017 Anselme Payan Award winner

The 2017 Anselme Payen Award winner is Dr. Junji Sugiyama, Professor in the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere at Kyoto University. Dr. Sugiyama will be presented with the award at the ACS Division Cellulose and Renewable Materials Awards Banquet following a symposium in his honor during the 2018 ACS Spring National Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Sugiyama’s research interests include structure, biogenesis, biochemistry, and biophysics of cellulose microfibrils with particular emphasis of the state-of-the-art techniques for electron microscopy and crystallography. His pioneering visualization of cellulose crystal lattices by high-resolution electron microscopy clearly eliminated previous current concepts of “chain folding” and the "universal elementary fibril". His seminal definition of the two lattices of Iα and Iβ is the basis  for current crystallographic models of cellulose allomorphs. Moreover, his determination of molecular directionality of a given microfibril allowed an exploration of how cellulose and related polysaccharides are generated and degraded by the corresponding enzymes.

Dr. Sugiyama received his B.S. from Kyoto University and his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. He was first appointed with the Department of Forest Products, Faculty of Agriculture in the University of Tokyo, and continued his research at the Wood Research Institute, and now at RISH in Kyoto University. He has served on the editorial board of Cellulose (since 1994), and has co-authored over 200 publications, 15 patents, and several textbooks in the field of wood science and technology.

In addition to his contributions to cellulose research, Dr. Sugiyama has a long record of service to domestic academic societies, including being the 30th President of the Japan Wood Research Society during 2013-2015 and Director of the Cellulose Society of Japan since 2005. He was also a member of International Academy of Wood Science since 2008.

You can read the full citation for Dr. Sugiyama's award here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: ACS Fall Meeting 2017

The CELL Division has an open Call for Papers for this ACS Fall meeting. This year's Fall Meeting will be held in Washington DC between August 20-24th 2017. The theme in this year's Fall meeting is "Chemistry's Impact on the Global Economy." 

We will be running two symposia in the Fall meeting:

Recent Advances Towards the Bioeconomy

Global economic sustainability requires a transition to renewable feedstocks for the production of fuels and materials, the development of green manufacturing and processing methods, replacement of non-biodegradable and non-recyclable polymers with biodegradable materials, and the increased valorization of waste streams. This symposium seeks to showcase recent advances in the use of bio-based feedstocks, including virgin and waste materials, as well as in manufacturing and processing methods for the production of sustainable materials and technologies. Papers that enhance our understanding of the structure, composition, and properties of bio-based materials and products derived thereof will also be considered.

Sustainable Design of Polymers from Xylochemicals

Polymers are utilized ubiquitously in today’s society for a wide variety of applications. Unfortunately, most of our polymers are derived from non-renewable resources, namely petroleum. However, over the past two decades, the green chemistry and engineering scientific community has made significant strides in fundamentally understanding, designing, developing, and commercializing chemicals and materials from renewable resources. In order to increase this momentum and aid our society in transforming itself from a largely petroleum-based, linear economy to a renewable-based, circular economy, both industrial and second-generation
lignocellulosic biorefineries have been envisioned and are slowly becoming active. Both biofuels and bio-based chemicals are being generated and sold from these plants, which largely depend on agricultural waste and/or agriculturally grown food as their primary renewable-based feedstocks. Fortunately, much research is currently being conducted in the design and development of lignocellulosic biorefineries that utilize woody-biomass as the primary renewable-based feedstock. Sustainably harvested trees, green processes, and wood-based fuels and wood-derived building blocks (xylochemicals) for materials are the focus of these industrially, socially, and economically transformative facilities. Thus, the sustainable design of polymers from xylochemicals is imperative to advancing our society while significantly reducing our environmental impact and carbon footprint. This symposium will focus on highlighting our progress toward this endeavor, on identifying major hurdles and obstacles that must be overcome, and will contain presentations from leading experts in the field.

We also welcome General poster presentations!

Please use the following link to submit an abstract. The deadline for abstract submission is April 10th, 2017.

We do look forward to seeing you in Washington!

Nominations for the KINGFA Young Investigator Award

Posted: March 27, 2017

The CELL Division is still accepting nominations for the KINGFA Young Investigator Award.

What is the KINGFA Young Investigator Award?

Sponsored by Kingfa Scientific and Technology Co., the KINGFA Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding contributions by young investigators to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and renewable materials. This is an annual award administered by the ACS CELL Division Awards Chair. The winner of the Award shall receive an invitation to give a presentation in recognition of the recipient at the ACS Annual meeting, $1,500 cash, a plaque, up to $500 in travel expenses and a complimentary Division Awards Banquet ticket.

Who is eligible?

Any ACS member who is also a CELL Division member in good standing and whose fortieth birthday is on or after the deadline for submission of nomination materials shall be eligible for the Award.

How do you nominate an outstanding Young Investigator?

The nomination form and procedure for this award can be found on the CELL Division website.

We look forward to your nominations!

CELL Division Fellow Award 2017

Posted: March 9, 2017


The 2017 CELL Division Fellow Award winner is Sheila Murphy. This is in recognition of all her hard work and service to the Division. The award will be presented to Sheila at the Banquet in the 2017 ACS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. 

Congratulations to Sheila! 



Division Officer Election Results

Posted: November 28, 2016

The outcome of the recent voting for Division officers and approval of Bylaw amendments are as follows:

  • Chair-Elect: Gordon Selling
  • Secretary: Michael Santiago
  • Councilor: Kevin J. Edgar
  • Alternate Councilor: Nicole Labbé
  • Member-at-Large: Maria Auad
  • Bylaw amendments were approved

Congratulations to the 2017 Graduate Student Award Winners!

Updated: November 28, 2016

Yifan Dong and Thi Hoang Ha Nguyen have won 1st and 2nd place in the ACS CELL Division's Graduate Student Award contest for 2017.


Ms. Dong is a Ph.D. student working under the instruction of Dr. Kevin Edgar at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her award winning publication is titled “Amphiphilic Cellulose Ethers Designed for Amorphous Solid Dispersion via Olefin Cross-Metathesis” published in Biomacromolecules, 2016, 17 (2), pp 454–465. All of her work so far is pioneering with regard to polysaccharide derivative synthesis, rock solid in terms of characterization work, and to boot is directed at design of superior polymers for oral drug delivery. Ms. Dong, a fourth year student, is first author on 3 high-impact, peer-reviewed publications and has two more articles in draft.



Ms. Ha Nguyen is a Ph.D. student working under the instruction of Dr. Stephen Miller at the University of Florida. Her award winning publication is titled “Polyethylene ferulate (PEF) and congeners: polystyrene mimics derived from biorenewable aromatics” published in Green Chem., 2015,17, 4512–4517.  Ms. Ha Nguyen has a Masters from the Graduate School in France and is in fifth year of her Ph. D. Ms. Nguyen has two publications in the ACS Symposium Series and Green Chemistry where her articles were honored with front cover graphics and she has a patent application pending.  Her diverse scientific background is leading to 10 publications in a wide variety of journals and some more manuscripts in preparation.


The full award citation can be found here

Emily Cranston wins KINGFA Young Investigator Award

Posted: August 24, 2016 

The ACS CELL Division is pleased to announce that Dr. Emily Cranston, Associate Professor at McMaster University, has been selected as the winner of the inaugural KINGFA Young Investigator Award. This award recognizes Dr. Cranston’s ground breaking research and advancements in the study of cellulose nanocrystals, as well as her welcoming personality known by her many collaborators and students. Prior to her taking her current position McMaster University in 2011, Dr. Cranston spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D from McGill University in 2008 under Dr. Derek Gray. As the recipient of this award, Dr. Cranston will receive $1,500 and a plaque to be given at the 2017 CELL Division Awards Banquet in San Francisco. 

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