2015 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials

22-25 June 2015 – Atlanta, GA, USA

Conference Snapshot:

Over 260 delegates from 24 countries gathered in Atlanta, GA, USA for TAPPI’s 10th International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Nanomaterials.  Over 60 companies were represented, highlighting the tangible growth in this emerging market area of renewable biopolymers. 

A Buzz of Activities:  2 Keynotes, 1 lunch sponsorship talk, Tour of API's BioPlusTM nanocellulose site, 5 table top displays, 2-NanoDivision Awards were presented, Symposium on Energy-Electronics-Biological devices, standards update, Panel discussion of factors to develop commercial markets, student poster competition, welcome reception, young professional network mixer, Gala dinner at the Georgia Aquarium, etc etc.....

Tour of American Process Inc.: 

A sold out event, in which 110 conference attendees toured API's Thomaston Biorefinery 0.5 dry tons/day nanocellulose demonstration line, which open in 2015.   This line can produce cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocrystals, and lignin-coated, hydrophobic varieties of each directly from a variety of biomass feedstocks (wood, agricultural residues, etc).  Kim Nelson, Vice president of Government Affairs, lead the tour, and attendees had fun participating in API's tradition of planting a tree when people come to visit the facility.    

Key Commercial Announcements:
  • American Process Inc. presented their latest results of BioPlusTM Nanocellulose, produced using their AVAP® technology which produces a material that is more easily dispersed and has enhanced properties.
Conference Highlights:
  • NanoDivision Technical Award & IMERYS FiberLeanTM Prize was awarded to Dr. Orlando J. Rojas
  • NanoDivision Leadership & Service Award was awarded to Dr J. Philip E. Jones
  • Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), discussed their large scale 3-D printing capabilities using Cellulose nanomaterials. 
  • Standards: ISO TC229 Technical Report  on Cellulose nanomaterials is in ballot. See update.
  • NIST-TAPP Workshop Report on Measurement Needs for Cellulose Nanomaterials was published in June 2015 and presented at the conference.


Quotes from the Conference:

“It’s good to see how developments with nanocellulose can help the pulp and paper industry, but it is also good to see the industry looking at applications beyond pulp and paper. The potential is immense.” Dr. Theodora Retsina, CEO, American Process Inc.

“I think that nanocellulose will become one of those ubiquitous materials finding its way in all industrial sectors because of its biocompatibility and biodegradability. Product lifecycle and environmental footprint will play in favor of nanocellulose-based materials, be it in lightweight materials for automotive and aerospace applications or hydrophilic membranes in biodegradable products. I think that tissue repair and substitutes and the use of biocellulose are in our future." Dr. Marie D'Iori, Executive Director, National Institute for Nanotechnology and Professor of Physics and Assistant VP-Research (Nanotechnology), University of Alberta


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