Emily Cranston Bio

Emily Cranston

Assistant Professor
McMaster University, Chemical Engineering
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Emily D. Cranston was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada following her high school completion. She received her Honours B.Sc degree (2001) in Chemistry with a specialty in Bio-Organic Chemistry from McGill University. During her undergraduate studies she participated in research focused on natural and synthetic biodegradable polymers (with Robert H. Marchessault) and was involved with establishing the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Network. 

She then went on to graduate studies in the group of Professor Derek Gray at McGill University, obtaining a Ph.D. (2008) in Materials Chemistry within the Pulp and Paper Research Centre. The study of “value-added” products from cellulose took her to the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden (they also have a lot of trees!) where she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in two departments: Surface & Corrosion Science (mastering techniques to characterize surface forces and adsorption phenomena) and Fibre & Polymer Technology (looking at fundamental and mechanical properties of nanocellulose). During her stay in Sweden Emily was also involved with Biomime, the Swedish Centre for Biomimetic Fibre Engineering.

In January 2011 she took up the position of Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University where her research focuses on surface engineering of sustainable materials based on nanocellulose. Currently, Emily has over 25 publications on nanocellulose and surface chemistry and has trained 40+ undergrads, masters and PhD students at McMaster. She works closely with industry and aims to bring more students into the TAPPI NanoDivision making sure we can all benefit from the interactions and expertise of our members.