Updated: February 13, 2015
Please click the Spring Program tab at the top of this webpage for information regarding division related events taking place at the upcoming 249th ACS National Meeting and Exposition taking place March 22 - 26 in Denver, CO. Registration information can be found at the ACS meeting website.
Special CELL division events taking place during the conference (click links for more info):
Posted: December 15, 2014
The CELL Division is pleased to announce that Mr. Mohammad Mahdi Hasani-Sadrabadi is this year’s Graduate Student Award winner. Sponsored by the Eastman Chemical Company, the CELL Division Graduate Student Award recognizes excellence in cellulose or renewable materials research. Mr. Hasani-Sadrabadi is a Ph.D. student working under the instruction of Dr. Karl Jacob at Georgia Institute of Technology’s G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and School of Materials Science and Engineering. His award winning publication is titled “Cellulose nanowhiskers to regulate the microstructure of perfluorosulfonate ionomers for high-performance fuel cells” published in J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 11334. Mr. Hasani-Sadrabadi has 40 peer reviewed publications to his credit. 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. Congratulations to Mr. Hasani-Sadrabadi. We look forward to his presentation at the Denver meeting titled “Aligned Cellulose Nanowhisker-based High-Performance Polymeric Proton Conductors”.
Updated: October 29, 2014
Abstract submission is now open for the 249th ACS National Meeting to be held in Denver Colorado, March 22-26, 2015! More information on the Spring Symposia and their organizers is available in the Spring Program page . For abstract submission go to: http://maps.acs.org.
Update: The deadline has now passed.
Posted: October 6th, 2014
Nominations for the Anselme Payen Award are due on December 1, 2014. The Anselme Payen Award is given yearly by the ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division to honor and encourage outstanding professional contributions to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and its allied products. All scientists conducting research in the field of cellulose and renewable materials are eligible for nomination. Nomination packages are individually ranked in confidence by a panel of nine judges. The winner of the Award will receive a bronze medal, an honorarium of US$3,000 and will be honored at a Symposium and Banquet in the 2015 ACS Spring meeting. Please go to http://cell.sites.acs.org/anselmepayenaward.htm or contact CELL Division Awards Chair Dr. World Nieh (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Posted:October 6th, 2014
Deadline for ACS CELL Division Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Cellulose or Renewable Materials Research has been extended to November 1, 2014.
Each 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. Please visit http://cell.sites.acs.org/graduatestudentaward.htm or contact Dr. World Nieh (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
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.
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