2019 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials



  1. Opening Keynote: The Current Status and The Future Prospects of CNF R&D in Nippon Paper Industries:   Mr. Kazufumi Yamasaki, Representative Director Vice President Nippon Paper Industries Co.,Ltd. and  President of Japan TAPPI, gave an insightful overview of CNF R&D and Production Activities in Japan as well as in Nippon Paper Industries Group.

  2. Keynote: The opening keynote presentation was followed by an industry overview of Canada, Europe, US, China and Japan.
    1. Canada – Emily Cranston, University of British Columbia
    2. Europe – Heli Kangas, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. 
    3. USA – Dr. Alan Rudie, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
    4. China – Professor Yong Huang, Technical Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    5. Japan – Professor Akira Isogai, University of Tokyo

  3. Closing Keynote: Renewable Nanomaterial Developments in the Boreal Forest Belt delivered by Heli Kagas, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and Orland Rojas, Aalton University.

  4. Tour of Traditional Japanese Paper Mill, Honda Plant, and Hodosan Shrine Tours.   100 conference attendees toured an historic village where “Hosokawa-Shi” paper has been manufactured for more than 1,300 years, a visit to the Shinto shrine founded in A.D. 110, and concluded with a visit to a state-of-the art Honda manufacturing plant.

  5. Endusers Panel: The End-Users Panel, hosted by Hamdy Khalil, included three companies (e.g., DKS Co., Ltd., Hokuetsu Corporation, and RBP Co.), representing various end-user industry segments, discussed issues and requirements that the ultimate end user will have when producing commercial products incorporating cellulose nanomaterials.

  6. NanoDivision Gala Event at Hotel the Manhattan:  A sold out event, in which 150 conference attendees, socialized and networked over dinner and traditional Japanese provided by Ms. Tomoko Mitsuishi and Mr. Shoto Endo.

Student Poster Session & Competition – Attendees had the opportunity to visit over 100 presentations which focused on additional application characterization and functionalize of cellulose and other renewable nanomaterials.  Conference attendees voted on the student posters in the competition using either paper ballot, or the voting tool in the Conference App. Poster winners:

  • First Place
    Priya Venkatraman, Virginia Tech
    Developing Polyamide/Cellulose Nanocomposites for Industrial-Scale Processing
  • Second Place
    Daniel A. Osorio, McMaster University
    Nanomechanical Testing of CNC/Nylon 6 Composite Film
  • Third Place
    Maressa Carvalho, UFLA
    Optimization of the Nanofiber Production Process Through the Evaluation of Dislocations in Cellulose Pulps Submitted to Chemical and Enzymatic Pre-Treatments

Nano2019 Workshops:

Cellulose Nanomaterial Safety: Building a Bridge from Theory to Practice

Workshop Organizers:
Jo Anne Shatkin, Ph.D., Vireo Advisors, LLC
Hideo Kajihara, Ph.D., Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability, Japan AIST
James Ede, Ph. D., Vireo Advisors, LLC
Kimberly Ong, Ph.D., Vireo Advisors, LLC

This 3.5 hour workshop focused on the occupational and environmental safety demonstration for cellulose nanomaterials, 
with special consideration of nanoscale properties of the materials.  Concepts will be explored with case studies to present current knowledge, theory, and state-of-the-art practices for meeting regulatory requirements, and safety demonstration. The workshop was presented by Vireo Advisors, an international advising firm from North America, in collaboration with the Japan National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS).

Cellulose Nanomaterials Characterization Workshop – Primary Characterization

Workshop Presenters: 
Johan Foster, Virginia Tech
Emily Cranston, University of British Columbia
Julien Bras, Grenoble NP

For the advancement in understanding, process optimization, and utilization of cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs) it is critical to
use characterization measurement protocols that give consistent, reliable and accurate results. However, because of the exponential growth in interest/activity in CNMs, much of the development of these measurement protocols have been outpaced. Similar to the workshop held at Nano 2018, this workshop summarizes/outlines details the best practices and limitations for several techniques/methods typically used for the characterization of CNMs, in particular, surface charge, purity, crystallinity, particle morphology, and mechanical properties. Each topic will be covered by experts in the field for the given technique, with the purpose to inform the audience why one should consider using a given technique (e.g., use “this” technique for “that” reason”), then provide a detailed best practice for the technique (e.g., “here is the proper way to do “this” technique). Where possible examples have been given to highlight how “this” technique shows “these” data on “these” CNMs. Throughout the workshop, specific comments are made regardingany differentiation in the characterization of CNC versus CNF.

Nano 2019 Awards:

  • International Nanotechnology Division Award and FiberLean® Technologies Prize 
    Dr. Alan W. Rudie
  • International Nanotechnology Division’s Leadership and Service Award
    Jo Anne Shatkin, Ph. D.
  • International Nanotechnology Division’s Mid-Career Award
    Associate Professor Liangbing Hu and Dr. Julien Bras, Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP Pagora).
  • International Nanotechnology Division’s Student Award
  • Kevin De France, McMaster University


2019 Conference Program Guide