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Bio-based nanomaterials in the Philippines

Published on March 7, 2018
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Seminar from March 5, 2018 to March 7, 2018

The expertise of Grenoble INP-Pagora's teacher-researchers is exported well. Professor Alain DUFRESNE led a series of seminars at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

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These seminars, given at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) of the Philippine University (UPLB), focused on bio-based nanomaterials, reinforced polymers, nanocomposites, scientific literature and citations. Their goal: to help UPLB researchers and faculty members increase their scientific productivity.

"This seminars serie will help us improve on our research program and facilities so that we will be able to produce more scholarly articles from the research work that we are doing." said Ramon A. RAZAL, Professor at the CFNR Department of Forest Products and Paper Science (DFPPS), who invited Alain DUFRESNE to UPLB.
"Nanocellulose is a renewable material derived from wood fibers that has exceptional strength characteristics at par with Kevlar, a lightweight material used to manufacture strong, durable materials. Three years ago, we started our research program on nanocellulose, beginning with the extraction of nanocellulose from bamboo. We have also done extraction and preparation from other forest-based plants such as fast-growing Philippine timber and Kapok." he explained.

Ramon A. RAZAL’s research on bamboo nanocellulose is part of the Nanotechnology Program of UPLB coordinated by Dr. Milagros M. PERALTA of the Institute of Chemistry at the UPLB College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). This program aims to build capacity in nanotechnology through human resource and facilities development and to provide solutions to problems in agriculture, forestry, and industry in the country.

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Written by Anne Pandolfi

Date of update March 7, 2018

Grenoble INP Institut d'ingénierie Univ. Grenoble Alpes