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Tenure-track faculty position availabe @ Virginia Tech

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech is inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in bio-based materials for sustainability. The position is a full-time, academic year (9 month) appointment at the rank of assistant professor and is available immediately with a preferred start date of January 1, 2020 or earlier.

The future of life on Earth depends on a successful transition to sustainable materials. Packaging materials in particular are rapidly growing in demand due to increases in e-commerce and market globalization. The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials is transforming itself into the nation’s leading institution in material sustainability by integrating its current strengths in bio-based materials, packaging systems and design, sustainable manufacturing, sustainable business, circular economy, and green building into a holistic, comprehensive program to advance the transition to sustainable materials. The aim of this position is to increase synergy between current programmatic strengths in bio-based materials and packaging systems and design. Complementary areas of expertise that are of interest include, but are not limited to, design and synthesis of sustainable polymers, sustainable packaging technologies, bioplastics, innovative plant fiber- or nanofiber-based materials, polymer synthesis by industrial biotechnology methods, and material biodegradation.lick to add text, images, and other content.

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Centennial Logo of the ACS CELL Division

The Centennial Logo Team are pleased to announce the winner of the recent competition for a new CELL logo to celebrate our 100th birthday.  The team had just under a dozen submissions and the judges had their work cut out to choose the most appropriate submission.  The winning submission was based on our guidelines that the logo should reflect CELL’s interests in cellulose and renewable materials, contain the acronym CELL, be playful, modern and inclusive while reflecting the divisions’ vision of inspiring bio-based solutions for a sustainable future.  This logo will replace our normal logo from now until the end of 2020, our birthday year.

First prize was awarded to Mr. Francesco D'Acierno, a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. Francesco will receive a certificate and check for $100.


Second place was awarded to Dr. Youssef Habibi, Lead R&T Associate at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology.




Third place was awarded to Dr. Mehul Barde, Process Engineer, Intel Corporation.



The Spring edition of Fibril Angle will contain further details of these scientist/artists, their inspiration and their work.

2019 Fall ACS National Meeting & Exposition

The 2019 Fall ACS National Meeting & Exposition will be held in San Diego, CA, between Aug 25 - 29. This year’s program of the CELL Division at the Fall ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA, to be held between August 25th - 29th 2019, comprises of 8 symposiums with 103 oral and 18 poster presentations. The CELL Division separates and table of content can be downloaded here.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

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. 

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