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LGP2 welcomes 2 professors specialised in nanocellulose

Published on July 7, 2016
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Visitor / Guest from May 24, 2016 to July 1, 2016

Thanks to the support of the Tec21 "Laboratory of Excellence", the LGP2 was able to play host to two North American professors with expertise in nanocellulose materials: Emily Cranston (24 May-26 June 2016) and E. Johan Foster (1 June-1 July 2016).

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Emily Cranston is a Professor at McMaster University (Canada). Having obtained a PhD in materials chemistry at McGill University in 2008, she completed a two-year post-doctorate in Stockholm (Sweden).
The research she performs within the Cranston Research Group is geared towards the design of high-performance biobased materials, to replace those based on fossil resources. Her biocomponent of choice is nanocellulose. Emily's scientific activities include the characterisation and modification of the interfacial properties of nanocomposite components and encompass a wide array of disciplines (polymers, surface chemistry, nanotribology, pulp and paper science, etc.). Her work also focuses on the fundamental and mechanical properties of crystalline nanocellulose and their interactions, to enable their use in the creation of new nanomaterials: composites, coatings, gels, foams, etc.
From energy storage, water purification and cosmetics, to agri-food, paints, inks and biomedical devices, future products based on crystalline nanocellulose will have numerous fields of application.

E. Johan Foster has been a Professor at Virginia Tech (United States) since 2014. Having obtained a PhD at Simon Fraser University (Canada) in 2007, followed by a post-doctorate at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), he spent four years (2010-2014) at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (Switzerland) leading a team of researchers that studied cellulose nanocrystals, smart materials, nanocomposites, functionalization and biomedical implants.
Now principal investigator of the Advanced Materials Group, his current focus is on advanced functional and supramolecular bio(nano)materials: design and engineering of bioinspired functional biopolymers, supramolecular materials and nanocomposites; stimulus-sensitive materials; biomedical materials; combinations of covalent and non-covalent interactions to create structured smart materials.
He co-presided Nano 2016, the TAPPI's international conference on nanocellulose and nanotechnology for renewable materials, which took place on 13-16 June 2016 at Grenoble's World Trade Center.

During their stay, the two teacher-researchers gave classes to Grenoble INP-Pagora's 2nd year student engineers and contributed to the work of the Multiscale biobased materials team headed by Julien Bras, notably by leading a number of seminars. They also gave conferences to Grenoble's scientific community on the following topics: Cross-linked cellulose nanocrystal aerogels as universal 3D substrates for functional nanoparticles (E. Cranston) and Recent advances in engineering materials/implants using cellulose nanocrystals (E. Johan Foster).

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Written by Anne Pandolfi

Date of update July 7, 2016

Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes
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