Posted: May 5, 2014
The Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division of the American Chemical Society announced that Dr. Thomas Rosenau, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria, has won the 2014 Anselme Payen Award. The announcement was made at the Division Awards Banquet at the Dallas World Aquarium in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. on March 18, 2014. Presented annually since 1962, the prestigious Anselme Payne Award honors outstanding professional contributions to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and renewable materials. The award will be presented to Dr. Rosenau at the Division Awards Banquet following a symposium in his honor at the 2015 American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Posted: March 14, 2014
Dr. Alfred D. French (USDA) has been selected as the 2014 CELL Division Fellow in recognition of his significant contributions to the activities of the Division. Dr. French has been a member of the CELL Division since 1974 serving the Division in several different capacities. Since 1987, Dr. French has served as the CELL representative to the U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia where he organized a cellulose-related program at the 1998 International Carbohydrate Symposium. Dr. French is currently Immediate Past Chair of the Division, serving as Chair 2010 – 2012. During his tenure as Division Chair he organized a Strategic Planning Committee and reviewed the Division Bylaws. He has organized several symposia for the Division and is a regular contributor at National Meetings. Dr. French was awarded the CELL Division Anselme Payen Award in 2009, and was inducted as an ACS Fellow in 2010.
Posted: March 14, 2014
This year’s CELL Division Graduate Student Award winner is Christopher Lee. Chris is a graduate student working under Dr. Seon H. Kim in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State University. His award winning research topic is understanding cellulose crystal structure in the native state using sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. The CELL Division Graduate Student Award winner will receive a check for $2,000, up to $500 travel expenses, and an individual plaque honoring his accomplishments. Chris will be invited to attend the 2014 Spring ACS National Meeting in Dallas TX and deliver an oral presentation. Congratulations to Chris for his excellence in graduate student research in cellulose and renewable materials.
Updated: March 14, 2014
Dr. John Ralph, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the recipient of the Anselme Payen Award, presented by the American Chemical Society-Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials. Dr. Ralph, who also holds appointments in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and the US Department of Energy’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, will formally receive the award at the 247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, March 16-20, 2014, in Dallas, Texas, with a symposium and banquet in his honor. This annual award, named for the French scientist who discovered cellulose, and pioneered the chemistry of both cellulose and lignin, recognizes a scientist for his or her efforts in cell wall ultrastructure and/or chemistry. Dr. Ralph who has authored over 265 papers in scholarly publications, received a Fulbright Award in 2012, was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005, and is on the editorial boards of numerous journals, is an authority on in lignin structure, analysis and cell wall chemistry. He was born in Foxton, New Zealand, educated at Canterbury University in New Zealand and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his doctorate. Prior to his university appointment, Dr. Ralph was a Research Chemist, with the USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Spring 2013 edition of The Fibril Angle is now available
The newest edition of our Division newsletter, The Fibril Angle, is now available electronically. The Spring 2013 edition includes letters from a number of CELL Executive Committee members and details of the upcoming 2013 Spring National Meeting. A link to current newsletter edition can be found here. Members with suggestions for future editions of the newsletter should contact our Publicity Chair, Michael Santiago Cintron (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Abstract Separates for Spring ACS Meeting Now Available
This year's final program and abstract separates of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division at the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, to be held August 19 - 23, 2012, comprises 78 oral and poster presentations and 4 technical sessions. In addition CELL is co-sponsoring symposia organized by the AGRO, CARB, CHED and COMP Divisions. Access to the abstract separates of the division is a member benefit. The separates can be accessed through the Abstract Separates page.
ACS Anselme Payen Award 2012 for Prof. Hans-Peter Fink
This year's Anselme Payen Award of the American Chemical Society, Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division, was bestowed on Prof. Hans-Peter Fink, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Potsdam, Germany. This award is given annually to honor and encourage outstanding professional contributions to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and its allied products. It is the most prestigious and internationally recognized award in the field of cellulose research. Prof. Fink is the first recipient of this award coming from any of the Fraunhofer Institutes. These Institutes, mostly located in Germany constitute the largest applied research organization in Europe.
Hans-Peter Fink made outstanding contributions to applied aspects of cellulose research and processing technology. With a strong background in structure analysis, he elucidated structural changes of cellulose during processing, in particular during the alkalization stage as a crucial step in cellulose technical chemistry. Later, in a close cooperation with industry, he contributed decisively to the development of novel processing routes for cellulose on a pilot plant scale, viz. blown films and meltblown nonwovens based on a melt-like processing of cellulose-NMMO-solutions. Based on the environmentally friendly cellulose carbamate technology, the combination of cellulose carbamate and the NMMO (N-methylmorpholine N-oxide) solvent system has been shown as a novel way to manufacture high modulus technical cellulose fibers via liquid crystalline solutions.
Prof. Fink will be recognized at the Anselme Payen Banquet of the ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division to take place during the annual Spring National Meeting 2013 in New Orleans, April 7-11. In addition an award symposium "Chemical processing of cellulose - from raw materials to novel applications" will be organized to highlight and honor the contributions of Prof. Fink to this important field of cellulose research.
Congratulations to Steve Kelley, 2012 CELL Division Fellow!
Professor Steve Kelley (NC State University) has been selected as the 2012 Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Fellow in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Division. Kelley has served as officer in a number of Division positions, including Awards Chair, Program Chair, Associate Program Chair, Division Newsletter Editor and Member-at-Large. He also served as Chair-elect and Chair of the CELL Division (2000-2002). Kelley was instrumental in the creation of an endowed graduate student award, the Eastman Graduate Student Award. He also played a role in the Division's name change, from the Division form Cellulose, Paper and Textiles, to Cellulose and Renewable Materials. Kelly was recognized at the Anselme Payen Banquet held during the San Diego National Meeting.
Call for Papers: Renewable Biopolymers - Protein Platforms for Health, Medicine, and Personal Care
The protein pharmaceutical, biomedical, and personal-care markets are growing rapidly with niche-markets for protein-based biomaterials from high- and low-value sources. Specific synthesis and extraction methods can produce a rich array of protein stand-alone products, protein-conjugates, and complexes with unique physical forms, properties, and potential for subsequent reactivity. This symposium will advance the knowledge of unmodified and modified protein and incorporated protein for biocompatible applications, and will include processing to alter physical and chemical bulk and surface morphology. The CELL Division invites presentations on protein materials functioning for beneficial effects in a wide variety of uses as, for example,
hydrolysates, hydrogels, emulsions, colloids, microcapsules, microspheres, gels, sponges and scaffolds, brushes, filamentous structures, wet-spun and electro-spun fibers, multilayer and porous films, layered assemblies and laminates, beads, proteins oils or gums to replace silicone in cosmetic formulations, beneficial additives to shampoos, conditioners, skincare, moisturizer, serum, oil, cream, wax, face masks, hair straighteners and strengtheners, complexion foundation and exfoliate, implantable reconstructive tissue, protein compositions to promote wound healing, coatings, functional membranes, carriers, encapsulants, and controlled release devices, bioadhesives, tissue-engineering scaffolds, and cell encapsulants
For abstract submission go to: http://abstracts.acs.org . Deadline for abstract submission: 03/19/2012.
Update: Abstract submission for the Fall meeting is now closed.
Certification of CELL Division's bylaws
The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws (C&B) has completed certifying our revised Division's bylaws (effective October 21, 2011), which were voted on and approved by our members. C&B received the required information October 21. The Division's bylaws with the incorporated changes can be found here.
CELL Division Election Results
Members of the CELL Division selected Division officers for a number of key Division positions. We thank all candidates for their willingness to further the work of the Division. The new elected officials are listed below. For a list of all current Division officials visit the following page.
Treasurer - John Simonsen
Councilor - Margaret Frey
Alt Councilor - Orlando Rojas
Member-at-large - Niki Labbe
The Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division (CELL) is co-sponsoring a symposium sponsored by the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (COLL) and supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The symposium, titled Interactions of colloidal and nanoparticles with textiles and fibers, will form part of the COLL program for the 243rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, March 25-29, 2012, San Diego, CA.
CELL Recognized as Innovative and Outstanding Division!
At the ChemLuminary awards in Philadelphia, the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division was honored to receive an award from the ACS Committee on Divisional Activities (DAC). The award was in the category of "Innovation and Outstanding Service to Members of a Division". Here is what DAC had to say:
"Cellulose and Renewable Materials - CELL created and sponsored a unique "Chemistry of Polysaccharides" Gordon Conference with international officers and rotated locations between North America, Europe, and Japan. It was a truly international chemical interaction."
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