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.
Call for Applications Graduate Student Award
Every year the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division of the ACS in collaboration with the Eastman Chemical Company recognizes graduate student achievement in its field. The award consists of a check for $2,000, up to $500 for travel expenses, and an individual plaque honoring the recipient's accomplishment. The recipient will be invited to attend the following Spring ACS National Meeting and deliver an oral presentation describing his or her work. All graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program (at the application deadline) and pursuing research on the chemical nature of cellulose, paper, textiles and other renewable materials are eligible.
More details and an application form can be found in the Graduate Student Award page . Completed applications should be sent to World Nieh (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a single pdf file by e-mail with the subject line: Cell Graduate Student Award.
Deadline has been extended to November 1, 2013
Call for Papers 247th ACS National Meeting
Abstract submission is now open for the 247th ACS National Meeting to be held in Dallas, TX, March 16-20, 2014! More information on the Spring Symposia and their organizers is available in the Spring Program page . For abstract submission go to: http://abstracts.acs.org .
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 (email@example.com).
CELL: Division Non-Technical Events at the National Meeting
Executive Commite Meeting (closed meeting), Saturday, April 6, 2013, 3 - 6 pm Memorial Convention Center, Rm 227
Business Meeting (open meeting), Morial Convention Center, Rm 227 Wednesday, April 10th, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
AP Awrds Banquet, Pavillion of Two Sisters at The Botanical Gardens, City Park, Tuesday April 9th, 6 - 10 pm
Abstract submission is now open for the 246th ACS National Meeting to be held in Indianapolis, IN, September 8-12, 2013! More information on the Fall Symposia and their organizers is available in the Fall Program page . For abstract submission go to: http://abstracts.acs.org .
Update: The abstract submission deadline has passed.
CELL Election Results
Members of the CELL Division selected the following Division officers:
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.
Congratulations to Bob Howell and John Warner, 2011 ACS Fellows
At the Fall ACS National Meeting in Denver, 213 new ACS fellows will be honored. This year's class includes two CELL Division members: Bob A. Howell and John Charles Warner. The ACS fellows program began in 2009 to recognize and honor ACS members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and service to the society.
CELL is very proud of these well-deserved recognitions. A complete list of the 2011 ACS Fellows can be found here.
Graduate Student Award
Every year the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division of the ACS in collaboration with the Eastman Chemical Company recognizes graduate student achievement in its field. All graduate students, members of the division, that are currently enrolled in a graduate program and pursuing research on the chemical nature of cellulose, paper, textiles and other renewable materials are invited to submit an application form. More details on the award and the application process can be found in the Awards section of the CELL website or this pamphlet.
Important: An updated pamphlet was added on September 07, 2011.
2011 Anselme Payen Award Announced
Professor Lina Zhang has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Anselme Payen Award. The AP Award is given by the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division to honor and encourage outstanding professional contributions to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and its allied products. Prof. Zhang, a distinguished Professor at Wuhan University in the People's Republic of China (PCR) and the Director of the Natural Polymer and Polymer Physics Laboratory, will be honored at next year's Spring ACS National Meeting in San Diego.
Throughout her career, Prof. Zhang has contributed to the fundamental research and applications of renewable natural polymers including cellulose, chitin, soy protein, starch, and polysaccharides. In the past two decades, her research interests and projects have covered large inter-disciplinary areas crossing environmental chemistry, polymer physics, bio-based materials, agriculture chemistry, and life science. In 2003, Prof Zhang made a pivotal discovery in the form of a new cellulose solvent. This solvent is an aqueous solution of caustic alkali and a urea-type compound that forms a system that is nonvolatile, nontoxic, and environmentally friendly. Because of its low cost and quick dissolving power, this solvent has great potential in cellulose technology.
Prof. Zhang's significant contributions to cellulose research are demonstrated by her nearly 400 scientific papers. The impact of her work is not only reflected by the many publications of high quality papers in high impact journals, but also demonstrated by the significant citations (+2800) by other researchers.
Congratulations to Charles Buchanan, 2011 CELL Division Fellow
Charles Buchanan has been selected as the 2011 Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Fellow. Every year the CELL Division of the ACS recognizes Division Members whose dedication, leadership, and enthusiastic service has kept the Division moving forward. Buchanan will be recognized at the Anselme Payen Banquet to be held during the spring Annual meeting.
ACS Fellows Nominations Sought
The ACS Fellows program recognizes members of the American Chemical Society for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the society.
If you know of someone within the Cellulose & Renewable Materials Division that meets these criteria, please visit www.acs.org/fellows or contact Gordon Selling (firstname.lastname@example.org) Nominations will be accepted March 1 - May 2, 2011. For each nominated individual, three nominators (must be ACS members) are required.
Members Can Post Announcements, Events, and Job Openings
Members of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division are encouraged to post announcements, events, and job openings on the division's website.
The announcements page uses the Blog App of the Web-service provider. To post an announcement, click on the "Post New Entry" button at the top of the page. The button is only visible after log in. New announcements will appear in the Recent Announcements section of the sidebar.
Events entered into the calendar will appear in the Upcoming Events section of the sidebar. To post an event in the calendar, click on the "Add Event" button at the top of the page (only visible after log in).
The jobs page uses the Forum App of the Web-service provider. (The Blog App would be more desirable for this purpose but each App can only be used once.) To post a job opening or situation wanted, choose the appropriate category and click on the "New Topic" button at the top of the page (only visible after log in). New job postings will appear in the Recent Job Postings section of the sidebar.
Questions on the posting process should be sent to the Publicity Chair, Michael Santiago.
The division publishes three new books
The following books, sponsored or co-sponsored by the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division, are now available online for subscribers at the ACS website or for purchase from Oxford University Press:
Cellulose Solvents: For Analysis, Shaping and Chemical Modification
Editor(s): Tim F. Liebert, Thomas J. Heinze, and Kevin J. Edgar
Model Cellulosic Surfaces
Editor(s): Maren Roman
Polysaccharide Materials: Performance by Design
Editor(s): Kevin J. Edgar, Thomas Heinze, and Charles M. Buchanan
Some chapters are available free of charge (click on the book title to access them). For more information on these and other books and how to purchase them, visit the books page.
Free Division Membership for Up to 1 Year
Join the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division now and pay no division dues for up to 1 year.
For more details, see the How to Join page.
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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