Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division

A Division of the American Chemical Society

100th Birthday Celebration of CELL Division

2020 is the CELL division’s 100th birthday and we invite you to celebrate this occasion with us.  Our celebratory events will occur on Sunday March 22, 2020 at the spring National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA.  More information on the Sunday Program will be published on our website shortly.

We wish to celebrate this momentous occasion with a centennial logo.  Inspired by the excellence of your presentations and brilliance of your innovations shown during the meetings, we reach out to our talented members to help us celebrate in style.  We are seeking a centennial logo.

To all our talented and artistic CELL members we are running a centennial logo competition with a $100 prize to the winning logo and recognition of the top three logos on our website and in our Newsletter, Fibril Angle.

We ask that the logo reflects our members, vision and future.  Specifically, the logo should be playful, modern and inclusive while reflecting the division’s vision of inspiring bio-based solutions for a sustainable future.  Full details can be found in the CELL Centennial Logo Competition guide. Logos should be submitted to murphysheilam@gmail.com by midnight EDT, June 30, 2019.

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!

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!

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