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.
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!
The 2018 Anselme Payen Award winner is Dr Orlando Rojas, Professor in Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University. Dr. Rojas will be presented with the award at the ACS Division Cellulose and Renewable Materials Awards Banquet following a symposium in his honor during the 2019 ACS Spring National Meeting in Orlando, FL. This is the second time in 57 years that an individual affiliated with Finnish research institutions receives the award, in an area that is of the highest importance to Finland.
Dr Rojas is interested in supporting global sustainable development through research on the fundamental and applied aspects of renewable resources. The core activities of his group involve biobased materials of different size scales, mainly those displaying large interfacial area such as fibers (micro/nano fibers), fiber networks, particles and colloidal systems. Dr Rojas’ research group is working on the utilisation of lignocellulosic materials in novel, high performance applications and to unveil the interfacial and the adsorption behaviours of surfactants and polymers at solid/liquid interfaces. His recent work has focused on the development of nanostructures from the fibre cell wall; the dynamics of enzymatic degradation of cellulose and lignin; development of surface-responsive materials and biosensors; friction and adhesion in lignocellulosic interfaces; adsorption dynamics; and the separation, derivatization and use of natural polymers and amphiphilic molecules.
Dr Rojas has led research in the field of surfaces and colloids for more than 20 years after obtaining his Ph.D from Auburn Univeristy. He has published more than 224 peer-reviewed publications. He has authored or edited 14 books, book chapters, and together with his students, more than 345 contributions have been delivered in conferences at international or national meetings.
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