NanoDivision Webinars

TAPPI Nano Student Committee Coffee Break 

October 22, 2020 at 5:30PM (CEST) / 11:30AM Eastern

The TAPPI Nano Student Committee is having another a free “Coffee Break” session on October 22, 2020 5:30pm CEST/11:30AM Eastern. In this live interactive session, you’ll hear from Justin Zoppe, Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), and Dr. Tiffany Abitbol, senior research scientist at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, talk briefly about their career paths.

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Prof. Justin Zoppe
Justin Zoppe is a Serra Húnter Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain.  Justin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (with Honors) and a minor in Mathematics. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 2011 for his dissertation entitled “Surface modification of nanocellulose substrates” from the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University under the supervision of Prof. Orlando Rojas. He then joined the Polymer Technology group of Prof. Jukka Seppälä at Aalto University as a postdoc before taking on a position as a Research Scientist at Clariant Specialty Chemicals in Frankfurt, Germany in 2013 to develop new fertilizer additives. From 2014-2017, Justin worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in the Polymers Laboratory of Prof. Harm-Anton Klok as an EPFL Fellow co-funded by Marie Curie. He then joined the Polymer Chemistry and Materials group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute of the University of Fribourg as a Group Leader and Ambizione Fellow from 2017-2018. Before pursuing a Professorship at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Justin worked as an R&D Project Manager at Omya International AG in Switzerland from 2018-2020, where he led product development projects for Printing & Writing paper and Consumer Goods.

Dr. Tiffany Abitbol
Tiffany Abitbol is a senior research scientist at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden’s foremost research and innovation partner. Tiffany obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2011 from McGill University and has post-doctoral experience from McMaster University in the Chemical Engineering department (2012-2014) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Plant Sciences department (2014-2016). Supported by a Marie-Curie fellowship, Tiffany moved to Stockholm in 2017 to pursue a nanocellulose-themed research program at RISE in collaboration with academic and industrial partners. She is motivated toward the development of healthy and sustainable solutions to address new opportunities in the field of materials using a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach.

Past Webinars: (click on title to view webinar)

Current activities in measuring size distributions of Cellulose Nanomaterials - Robert Moon and Linda Johnson (19-August 2020)
Transforming Cellulose Nanocrystals into Sustainable Products through Surface Engineering- Emily D. Cranston, McMaster University (29- November 2017)
Nanocellulose: The Road to Commercialization Opportunities and Recommendations for Researchers, Producers, and End Users-Jack Miller, Market-Intell LLC (13- November 2017)
High Performance Cement via Cellulose Nanocrystal Addition Jeffery P. Youngblood, Purdue University (17- April 2017)
How to use Rheology to Characterize and Formulate Nanofiber Based Materials, Yaman Boluk, University of Alberta (9-November 2016)
Cellulose Nanomaterial Commercialization: an End-Users PerspectiveJack Miller, Market-Intell LLC   (24-October 2016)
Cellulose Nanomaterial Production Technologies: An Overview & State of the Art, Dr. Junyong (JY) Zhu, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (7-September 2016)
Nanocellulose in the Formulation of Emulsions and Formulation-Composition MapsDr. Orlando J. Rojas, Alto University (14 April 2016).
Cellulose Nanomaterials: Measurement Needs Workshop Report and Potential Solutions. Dr. Jeffery Gilman, NIST (20-October 2015).
Responsive Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites. Dr. Johan Foster, Virginia Tech (17-September 2015)
Nanocellulose-based materials for barrier and antibacterial packages. Dr. Julien Bras, University of Grenoble (3 June 2015)
Roadmap for the Safe and Sustainable Commercialization of NanocelluloseJo Anne Shatkin, Vireo Advisors  (27 February 2014)
Overview, Properties and Opportunities for NanocelluloseSean Ireland, Verso Paper Corp. (10 May 2013)
Processing of Nanocellulose Based Polymer Nanocomposites. Alain Dufresne, Grenoble Institute of Technology (8 November 2012)

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