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Transforming nanocellulose into sustainable products through surface engineering

The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture

Presented by Dr. Emily Cranston

Abstract

Dr. Emily Cranston is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University in Canada and is this meeting's Fred Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer. Her research aims to design high-performance materials to replace those that are based on non-renewable resources by learning from nature and using biological components. This lecture will describe recent advances in hybrid cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) material development and show applications in emulsions/emulsion polymerization, injectable hydrogels and crosslinked aerogels. This new understanding can be used to extend food, cosmetic, paint and adhesive products, encapsulation technologies, tissue engineering scaffolds, and water purification and energy storage devices.