Daniele Oliveira de Castro and Zoheb Karim, two postdoctoral researchers working on nanocellulose projects at MoRe Research, were invited to present their projects at TAPPI’s International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials 2017. It was held 5 – 8 June in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The conference had more than 300 attendees from all over the world.
TAPPI Nano is since many years an established annual conference for scientists, technical professionals, students and other stakeholders interested in advancing the responsible and sustainable production and use of renewable nanomaterials. The conference offers networking opportunities and technical presentations on production, characterization, applications and functionalization of renewable nanomaterials. TAPPI Nano 2017 was no exception containing 42 technical sessions with more than 150 technical presentations.
One of the 42 technical sessions was “Cellulose Nanomaterials for the Pulp and Paper Industry”. The second presentation during this session, titled “Forming a Cellulose Based Nanopaper Using XPM”, was Zoheb Karim presenting his postdoc work. The aim is to produce demonstration material based on nanocellulose, e.g. film and nanopaper, on the experimental paper machine at MoRe Research.
The third presentation during the same session was Daniele Oliveira de Castro presenting “Scale Up of Nanocellulose/Hybrid Inorganic Films Using a Pilot Web Former”. The purpose with her project is to produce functionalised nanopapers like e.g. flame resistant ones. Both projects are run in close cooperation with Wallenberg Wood Science Center and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
“It was really interesting to participate in this conference as we got a good idea on what goes on regarding applications and research within the nanocellulose area,” says Daniele Oliveira de Castro. “We met people at the conference who are really interested in cooperating with us so our nanocellulose network has been extended quite a lot, which will be beneficial for our ongoing research projects.”