Dr. M. Soledad Peresin, Ph.D. Bio
Forest Products Development Center
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
520 Devall Dr.
Auburn, AL 36832-5888
Phone number: (+1) 334-559-1143
Dr. M. Soledad Peresin, Ph.D.
Soledad Peresin got her Licenciate in analytical chemistry in 2007, from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina) with focus on pulp and paper chemistry. In 2011, she obtained her Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials degree from North Carolina State University (USA). In 2010 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Forest Products Technology, Aalto University (Finland). After finalizing her doctoral dissertation, in 2011 she joined the High Performance Fibre Products Knowledge Team at VTT, for her post-doctoral studies and where she continued working as a Senior Scientist during 5 years.
Her focus is on the development of value-added products from biomass, with emphasis on using nanocellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin in novel applications such as engineered high-strength materials through electrospinning, film casting, wet-spinning, 3-D printing among other processing techniques. She also has over ten years of academic experience with strong emphasis on nanocomposite materials, surface chemistry of plant cell wall components and their interactions, including studies of the materials in model surface approach. Her research group focuses on surface modification of nanocellulose fibers for water remediation, macromolecules immobilization as well as on the development of composite materials using bio-based polymers.
Soledad has an extensive collaboration network with Research Institutions within the United States and abroad, especially in Europe (Finland, Spain, Austria, Slovenia) and Latin America (Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil). The impact of her research is well documented with 25 publications, 5 book chapters and over 50 presentations in international conferences, including invited talks. Dr. Peresin currently acts as Member at large and Events Chair at the Cellulose and Renewable materials (CELL) division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and is the past Co-Chair of TAPPI Nano Conference held in Madison in 2018.