The 2016 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials, was held in Atlanta, GA, USA. Now in its 10th year, Nano2015 had 265 delegates from 24 countries. Over 60 companies were represented, highlighting the tangible growth in this emerging market area of renewable biopolymers. There was a Buzz of Activities: 1-Keynote talks, 2-lunch sponsorship talk, Tour of American Process Inc. BioPlusTM nanocellulose site, 5-table top displays, 2-NanoDivision Awards, Symposium on Energy-Electronics-Biological devices, standards update, panel discussion of factors to develop commercial markets, poster session with student poster competition, welcome reception, Young Professional Mixer, conference dinner, and a technical program that highlighted over 110 technical presentations on production, characterization, applications and functionalization of renewable nanomaterials.
A sold out event, in which 110 conference attendees toured API's Thomaston Biorefinery 3.5 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.
“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