Distinguished Lecture Series – Professor Emily Cranston

October 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bahen Centre (BA 1180)
40 St George St
Toronto, ON M5S 2E4
Kendra Hunter

Join MSE for a special lecture by Professor Emily Cranston on Transforming Cellulose Nanocrystals into Sustainable Products through Surface Engineering. Presentation details are:

Emily Cranston Headshot

Distinguished Lecture Series
Speaker: Professor Emily Cranston, Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University
Canada Research Chair in Bio-based Nanomaterials (Tier 2)
Title:        Transforming Cellulose Nanocrystals into Sustainable Products through Surface Engineering
Date:         Monday, October 1, 2018
Time:        1:00-2:00 pm
Location: BA 1180

Abstract: By learning from nature and using bio-based nanoparticles we can engineer sustainable high-performance materials with improved functionality. Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are entering the marketplace as new ingredients for formulated chemical products. As a “green” and potentially food-grade additive, there is widespread interest in CNCs particularly as emulsifiers, rheological modifiers, and reinforcing agents. However, the surface chemistry of CNCs must be well understood and controlled in order to elucidate the interactions, stability and compatibility with liquids, polymers and small molecules. This lecture will describe our recent advances in hybrid nanocellulose material development and show applications in the food, health, energy and water arenas. Tailoring the location and role of CNCs at interfaces can lead us to a variety of biocompatible and enhanced emulsified products, injectable hydrogels, latex adhesives/coatings and encapsulation strategies.

Bio: Professor Cranston’s research focuses on sustainable nanocomposites and hybrid materials from cellulose and other biopolymers. She received her Honours BSc (2001) and PhD (2008) in Chemistry at McGill University. The study of value-added products from cellulose took her to Stockholm, Sweden as a post-doctoral fellow at KTH Royal Institute of Technology before she returned to Canada in 2011. Cranston’s work has had a significant impact on a broad scientific community as evidenced by her H-index of 26, 70 peer-reviewed publications and four patents with over 2600 citations that includes papers in Chemical Society Reviews (IF=38.6) and Advanced Materials (IF=18.9).

Cranston has trained 72 students and post-docs over 7 years which has led to 182 conference presentations. Her work has been highlighted in The Globe & Mail Newspaper, Canadian Chemical News (ACCN), the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Chemical & Engineering News, and on the cover of the journals Advanced Materials, Langmuir, Chemistry of Materials, and Nanoscale. Cranston sits on the editorial board for ACCN, ACS Central Science, ACS Macro Letters, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and the Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal and is active in Nanocellulose Standards Development with TAPPI, ISO and CSA. Cranston is the recipient of the 2018 Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lectureship Award from the American Chemical Society, the 2017 KINGFA Young Investigator’s Award from the ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division, the 2015 Early Researcher Award from the province of Ontario, and is a Distinguished Engineering Fellow at McMaster.


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