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Liangbing Hu wins the 2017 KINGFA Young Investigator Award

The ACS CELL Division is pleased to annouce that Dr. Liangbing Hu, Associate Professor at University of Maryland College Park, has been selected as the winner of the 2017 KINGFA Young Investigator Award. Dr. Hu has made innovative and significant contributions in several fronts of wood nanocellulose-based technologies to replace plastic, glass, and steel as well as 3D carbon for beyond-Li ion batteries and clean water. Dr. Hu has 6 patents/patent applications associated with the technologies hereafter. Dr. Hu is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Paper and Textile at the University of Maryland College Park. He is also the Co-founder of Inventwood Inc. with efforts to further commercialize the aforementioned cellulose nanotechnologies. As the receipient of this award, Dr. Hu will receive $1,500 and a plaque, to be given at the 2018 CELL Division Awards Banquet in New Orleans.

Call for Papers - 255th ACS National Meeting, March 18-22, 2018

The CELL Division has an open Call for Papers for the ACS Spring meeting to be held in New Orleans, LA on March 18-22, 2018. The Meeting Theme is "Nexus of Food, Energy and Water." The abstract submission window is August 21-October 16, 2017. Please use the following link to submit an abstract.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

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.

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