2018 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials

June 11 - 15, 2018 - Madison, Wisconsin

Conference Snapshot: 

The 2018 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials, was Co-located with the Forest Products Society's 72nd International Convention at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.  Attendees were able to move freely between all technical sessions and breaks, providing opportunities for these two communities to intermingle, network, and to learn the state of the art in wood-science and renewable nanomaterials.  With a combined attendance of over 500 people, from academia, industry, federal research institutes, from all over the world, there was a heightened buzz of excitement with the R&D and application of renewable materials.     

More specifically for the NANO conference, now in its 13th year, we had over 300 delegates from 24 countries, which is a record attendance for the conference located within USA.  The program highlighted over 110 technical presentations on production, characterization, applications and functionalization of renewable nano materials.  We are also pleased to introduce two new NanoDivision Awards; the Mid-Career Award and the Student Award, both of which help to recognize outstanding research and development efforts with renewable Nanomaterials as well as people who have vested time and service to our community and the NanoDivision.  .   

A Buzz of Activities:  2 Keynote talks, 2 lunch sponsorship talks, Tour of Forest Products Laboratory, 2 workshops (safety, and Characterization),   5 table top displays, 4-NanoDivision Awards, End-Users Panel Discussion, Product showcase, Young Professional Mixer, Career Panel (host by the Student Committee), student poster session, conference dinner at the Orpheum Theater, etc..

2018 Conference Documents:
Conference Highlights: 
  • NanoDivision Technical Award & Imerys FiberLean ™ Prize was awarded to Wadood Y. Hamad, PhD, FPInnovations
  • NanoDivision Leadership & Service Award was awarded to Colleen C. Walker, PhD, Director of the Process Development Center,  University of Maine. 
  • NanoDivision Mid-Career Award was awarded to Mehdi Tajvidi, Professor, University of Maine.
  • NanoDivision Student Award was awarded to Nathan C. Ellebracht, PhD Student, Georgia Institute of Technology.