Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division

A Division of the American Chemical Society

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!

Dr Orlando Rojas is the 2018 Anselme Payen Award winner

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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