Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division

A Division of the American Chemical Society

Dr Ann-Christine Albertsson is the 2019 Anselme Payen Award Winner

The 2019 Anselme Payen Award winner is Dr Ann-Christine Albertsson, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden. Dr Albertsson will be presented with the award at the ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Awards Banquet following a symposium in her honour during the 2020 ACS Spring National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr Albertsson’s scientific contributions have provided us with a new paradigm in the design of degradable and renewable polymeric materials, where the macroscopic performance is translated to all levels of order. The width and scope of her achievements have contributed not only to the field of biopolymers but to the greater community of polymer science. Her scientific accomplishments include:

  • The development of sustainable materials based on hemicelluloses - demonstrating utility and advantages of these renewable materials as barrier films for food packaging;
  • The isolation and utilisation of upgraded dry materials from wood hydrolysates for the formulation of polymer products;
  • Demonstrated the conversion of hemicelluloses to macroinitiator systems for controlled radical polymerisation;
  • Developed the concept of indicator products as a new tool for the prediction of lifetimes of polymeric materials;
  • Introduced novel monomers, created new initiator and catalyst systems for ring-opening polymerisation;
  • Pioneered the use of hydrophilic monomer (1,5-dioxepan-2-one) in polyester synthesis;
  • Developed bioresorbable polymeric scaffolds as artificial tissue implants;
  • Designed and developed functional and nano-structured surfaces for tissue engineering.

Dr Albertsson has published more than 380 peer-reviewed publications in various international scientific journals, with more than 16,000 citations. She has also edited 5 books. Dr Albertsson is also the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Biomacromolecules.

Congratulations to Dr Albertsson!

ACS NASA Symposium in Orlando

CELL is co-sponsoring the ACS NASA symposium in Orlando 2019!

The highlights for the Third ACS NASA Symposium titled “Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Giant Leap” sponsored by MPPG and CELL, and recommended by ACS President, to be held in Orlando on April 1-2, 2019, are as follows:  
Monday April 1
AM: NASA Day featuring top investigators from the four NASA Research Centers

PM: PMSE ACS Outstanding Students and Mentors in Polymer Science and Engineering Awards sponsored by CME.
Tuesday April 2
AM: Industry Day of the symposium features the Dow Chemical CTO, BASF Bioscience Research President, Johnson & Johnson CSO, Northrop Grumman Chief Engineer, ExxonMobil Chemical Chief Research Engineer, Blue Origin Director, and others.

1:00PM: Industry Luncheon Keynote featuring James Green, NASA’s Chief Scientist. He will have a fire-side chat with C&EN Editor-in-chief Bibi Campos-Seijo as the host (complimentary lunch boxes and free T-shirts)

2:00PM: Two Nobel Laureates in Chemistry at the CME Lectures session: Frances Arnold (2018) and Eric Betzig (2014).

4:00PM: Buses to Free CME NASA Reception and Tours at the Kennedy Space Center in celebration of Apollo’s 50. Tours include the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit, the Launch Sites Bus Tour and the Reception at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
More details can be found here.

Job posting: Professor and Department Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for professor and department head. This is a full-time, 12-month, 100 percent administrative, tenure-track position with a start date of January 1, 2020.

Position description

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech is seeking a visionary and energetic leader to serve as professor and department head. The successful candidate will have proven leadership, administrative, and management potential and an exemplary record of teaching, discovery, and engagement in sustainable biomaterials, such as wood and other plant products, or a closely related field, such as forestry, packaging science, pulp and paper science, materials science, or engineering. The department head is responsible for the human, fiscal, and physical resources of the department and must be dedicated to providing leadership and vision in teaching, discovery, and engagement while actively promoting diversity and inclusion. The department head is responsible for strategic planning, student recruiting, fund raising, and growing interactions with industry as well as federal and state agencies. The department head will build departmental infrastructure (staff and facilities), develop mutually beneficial collaborations with academic units on campus, develop and sustain strong ties with the industry, and market and promote the department on campus, within the Commonwealth of Virginia, and around the globe. The department head will manage departmental policies and procedures; revitalize, implement, and maintain a staff management program; and create energy among faculty, staff, and students. The department boasts a collegial team of 20 full-time faculty, five staff, approximately 200 undergraduate students, and 25 graduate students. The department head reports to the Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment, and serves on the Dean’s College Leadership Team. 

More information can be found here

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2019 - Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper

Join ACS stakeholders from all over the globe by taking part in Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW), April 21-28! CCEW is a global initiative that encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. This year’s CCEW 2019 theme, "Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper,” focuses on the chemistry of one of the most amazing materials that has been around for 2,000 years and has been essential to the development of knowledge and technology around the world.
Activities are planned globally and organized through ACS Local Section CCEW Coordinators and International Chapters. You can support CCEW’s goals by participating in the community event, sharing the latest issue of Celebrating Chemistry with kids and teachers locally.
Learn more about CCEW at www.acs.org/ccew, and keep up with the latest CCEW news on social media by following us on ACS Network or keeping up with our hashtag #CCEW.

2019 CELL Division Fellow

Dr Patrick Navard from Centre de Mise en Forme des Matériaux / Centre for Materials Forming MINES ParisTech - CNRS is the 2019 Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Fellow in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between CELL Division and EPNOE. 

Congratulations to him!

2019 ACS Fall National Meeting and Exposition call for papers

The 2019 ACS Fall meeting will be held in San Diego CA on Aug. 25 - 29, with the theme of Chemistry and Water. CELL DIvision will be organising 5 symposiums:

  •  Advances in Characterizing Modified & Degraded Wood
  • Influence of Inorganic Content on Wood Industrial Properties
  • Lignin Based Bioproducts
  • Materials Advances in Nanocellulose Research for Engineered Functionality
  • General Posters
The abstract submission deadline is March 18. Abstracts can be submitted via MAPS.
We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Why join the ACS CELL Division?

Our member Dr Yifan Dong talks about the importance of CELL, the benefits of CELL membership and described how the division has personally enhanced her career.

Here is the YouTube link to the video.


2019 CELL Division Graduate Student Awards

Nele Zwirchmayr has won the 1st place and Prodyut Dhar has won the 2nd place in the 2019 CELL Division Graduate Student Awards.


Nele works at the University of University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, under the supervision of Professor Thomas Rosenau, Her research is in close cooperation with companies from the pulp and paper industry. Nele's work focuses on improving the bleaching of pulp, with special attention directed to the bleaching behaviour of coloured substances, ubiquitously found in the polysaccharide matrix. Her award winning publication is "Degradation of the Cellulosic Key Chromophore 5,8-Dihydroxy-[1,4]- naphthoquinone by Hydrogen Peroxide under Alkaline Conditions" (J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 11558-11585).



Prodyut Dharr work at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India, under the supervison of Professor Vimal Katiyar. His award winning publication is "Magnetic Cellulose Nanocrystal Based Anisotropic Polylactic Acid Nanocomposite Films:Influence on Electrical, Magnetic, Thermal and Mechanical Properties". (ACS Appl.Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8,18393−18409).



Congratulations to both of them!

2019 ACS National Meeting & Exposition call for papers

The 257th ACS National Spring Meeting & Exposition will be held in Orlando, FL between March 31-April 4, 2019. The theme of the meeting is “Chemistry for New Frontiers”. The CELL division will be organizing 18 symposia:

  • Lignocelluloses as a source of Materials, Colloids and Multiphase Systems: Anselme Payen Award Symposium in Honor of Orlando Rojas (Invitation only)
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Symposium (Invitation only)
  • New Horizons (Kingfa and PhD student prize winners, Invitation only)
  • Nanocellulose - from fundamentals to function
  • Valorization of Renewable Resources and Residuals into New Materials and Multiphase Systems
  • Ionic liquids processing of polysaccharides
  • Advanced Chemistry of "Non-Traditional" Polysaccharides
  • Fluorescence techniques applied to lignocellulose characterization
  • Additive Manufacturing of Biobased and Renewable Materials
  • Wood based polymers - From Functional Structures to Applications
  • Failed brilliance in Nanocellulose Science and Technology (Invitation only)
  • Advances in Renewable Materials
  • Understanding cellulose crystallinity and non-crystalline aggregated states of cellulose
  • Bio-based materials for energy conversion and storage applications
  • Bioactive Delivery: Frontiers in Biomaterials
  • Hemp processing: from weed to values
  • Bio-based gels and porous materials
  • Interplay of cellulose and other biopolymers in biological and designed materials systems

In addition, a poster session and Sci-Mix event will also be organized. Abstracts will be accepted from August 20 – October 29, 2018. We do look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

2018 CELL Division Election results

Following the latest CELL Division election, the following people have been elected to serve on the CELL Division:

Chair-Elect: Scott Renneckar
Secretary: Tatiana Budtova
Councilor: Lucian Lucia
Alternate Councilor : Orlando Rojas
Member-at-Large: Casey Elkins

Congratulations to all of them! They will start their term on the 1st January 2019. 

Silvia Vignolini wins the 2018 KINGFA Young Investigator Award

The ACS CELL Division is pleased to announce that Dr. Silvia Vignolini, Reader in Chemistry and Biomaterials at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, has been selected as the winner of the 2018 KINGFA Young Investigator Award. Dr. Vignolini's work centred around deciphering the working principles of photonic structures in nature and the creation of bio-mimetic optical materials based on biopolymers such as cellulose. She has contributed to our understanding of the optical function and underlying physical and chemical phenomena at the origin of natural optical materials. Her work on bio-inspired optical materials demonstrates how the community of optical materials should widen the scope of materials, morphologies and techniques explored for the conception and realisation of novel optical materials and devices with unprecedented functionality. As the recipient of this award, Dr. Vignolini will receive $1,500 and a plaque, to be given at the 2019 CELL Division Awards Banquet in Orlando, FL.

Fall 2018 issue of The Fibril Angle is out!

The Fibril Angle is the biannual newsletter organised by the ACS CELL division. The Fall 2018 issue of The Fibril Angle can be downloaded here

In this issue, we summarise some of the student acheivements in the 2018 ACS Spring Meeting in New Orleans. You will also find the 2018 ACS Fall meeting CELL program, as well as the 18 symposia to be organised for the 2019 ACS Spring meeting in Orlando, FL.

We do look forward to seeing you in Boston for the 2018 ACS Fall meeting!

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