Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division

A Division of the American Chemical Society

2018 ACS Spring Meeting, New Orleans, LA

This year's program of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division at the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA, to be held March 18-22th 2018, comprises of 16 symposiums with 380 oral and 55 poster presentations. The CELL Division Separates Table of Content and Meeting Seperates are available. 

KINGFA Young Investigator Award Lecture - Sunday, March 18th, 4:15PM

Dr Liangbing Hu KINGFA Young Investigator Award lecture will be held at St. Landry, Loews New Orleans Hotel. The title of his lecture is “Nanocellulose for nanotechnologies”.

Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture – Monday, March 19th, 4:00PM

Dr Emily Cranston has been selected to be the junior KAVLI speaker at the ACS Spring meeting in New Orleans 2018! The title of her lecture is “Transforming nanocellulose into sustainable products through surface engineering”. Her lecture will be held at Great Hall A, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Anselme Payen Award Lecture – Tuesday, March 20th, 4:00PM

Professor Sugiyama’s Anselme Payan Award lecture will be held at LaFourche/Pointe Coupee, Loews New Orleans Hotel. The tile of his lecture is “An electron crystallographer of cellulose microfibrils - revisit and hereafter”.

CELL Division Awards Banquet – Tuesday, March 20th, 6:00PM

The Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials Anselme Payen Award Banquet will be held at Pat O’Brien’s Pat O’s on the River, located at 600 Decatur St - 3rd Floor, New Orleans, LA 70130. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2017 Anselme Payen Award to Professor Junji Sugiyama. Please join us on this joyful occasion as we celebrate with Professor Sugiyama and our fellow CELL division members.

This is a ticket-only event; tickets can be purchased through the ACS National Meeting registration process for $75/ticket. To purchase a banquet ticket, please go to the Social Events section of the National Meeting & Exposition registration package. Scroll down to Tuesday, March 20th, and check the CELL Division Award Banquet to purchase a ticket. Your tickets will be issued with your registration documents. Please bring the ticket for entry to the event. If you require help purchasing the tickets please contact Peney Patton.

CELL Division Governance Meeting – Wednesday, March 21st, 5:30PM

The Division’s Executive Committee would like to extend an invitation and encourage everyone to attend our Governance meeting. This is your chance to learn about ongoing activities within the division, share your viewpoints, and influence the future of the division.

CELL Division's election results

The CELL Division recently held an election for a number of officer roles within the division. After a strong competition for a number of roles, the Division is pleased to announce that the following people have been elected to serve the division:
Treasurer: World Nieh
Councilor: Sheila Murphy
Alternate Councilor: Lucian Lucia
Member-at-Large: Ulrica Edlund

The CELL Division also welcomes Professor Ulrica Edlund to the division. The officers will take up their new or re-elected positions as of 1st January 2018 and serve for a period of 3 years before an election is called again.

Congratulations to the 2018 Graduate Student Award winners!

Katrin Niegelhell and Zhiyu Xia have won 1st and 2nd place in the 2018 ACS CELL Division' Graduate Student Award.

Katrin Niegelhell works in the Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials and the Institue for Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology at Graz University of Technology under the supervision of Dr Stefan Spirk. Her research focuses on the investigation of interactions at polysaccharide and biopolymer surface/interfaces with the aim to understand the fundamental phenomena associated with these interactions. Her award winning publication is titled "Enzymes as biodevelopers for nano- and micro-patterned bicomponent biopolymer thin films" (Biomacromol. 2016, 3743).




Zhiyu Xia works in the Department of Plastics Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research focuses on the understanding of the modes of action of flame retardants, which has potential in identifying renewable feedstock that can be utilised for the synthesis of novel and safer flame retardant alternatives. His award winning publication is titled "Unraveling the mechanism of thermal and thermo-oxidative degradation of tannic acid" (Thermochimica Acta 2015, 77).




Congratulations to both of them!

Emily Cranston - Junior KAVLI speaker at New Orleans 2018

Dr Emily Cranston has been selected to be the junior KAVLI speaker at the ACS Spring meeting in New Orleans 2018! Emily is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University and holds the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Bio-Based Nanomaterials. Her research focuses on sustainable nanocomposites and hybrid materials from cellulose and other biopolymers. Her work has been highlighted in The Globe and Mail Newspaper, Canadian Chemical News, the American Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), and on the cover of the journals Advanced Materials, Langmuir, Chemistry of Materials and TAPPI Journal. Cranston sits on the editorial board for ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, ACS Central Science, Canadian Chemical News and the Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal and is active in Nanocellulose Standards Development with CSA, TAPPI and ISO.

Congratulations to Emily!

CELL Division won one of the 2017 ChemLuminary Awards

CELL Division and Louisiana Local Section are awarded the Joint Local Section Activities (LSAC) & Divisional Activities (DAC) award in the 2017 ChemLuminary Awards.

The Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials (CELL) and Louisiana Local Section, along with the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry, staged the 2016 International Carbohydrate Symposium offering 500 attendees from 39 countries awards symposia, plenary and keynote lectures, oral presentations, posters, and local sightseeing. This collaboration served as an outstanding example of how a local section and multiple divisions can work together to produce successful programs.

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.

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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