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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium I—Nanocellulose Materials and Beyond—Nanoscience, Structures, Devices and Nanomanufacturing

Renewable materials from nature are emerging as attractive solutions to a range of technological challenges. In particular, nanocellulose materials are not only biocompatible and earth-abundant but also have nature-provided intrinsic structures for potentially transformative performance. There are still grand challenges in fundamental research and understanding to accelerate nanocellulose materials toward commercial reality, which include new materials and structures with tailored properties, novel devices with both excellent functionality and mechanical flexibility, efficient and scalable techniques for nanomanufacturing, and system-level integrations.

This symposium is intended to provide a forum for scientists and engineers working in nanocellulose materials, other biopolymers, and the related fields to communicate recent progress on current technologies and to exchange ideas about next-generation solutions

Topics will include:

  • Nanocellulose and other biomaterials such as lignin, silk etc.
  • Fundamental science such as mechanical/thermal/barrier properties and multi-scalemodeling
  • Nanocellulose-based functional structures and nanomanufacturing such as 2D/3D structures and hierarchical assembly
  • Electronics devices such as flexible electronics, plasmonics and nanophotonics, piezoelectronics
  • Biodevices such as microfluidics, nanofluidics and biosensors on cellulose and related biomaterials
  • Energy applications such as solar cells, batteries and lighting using cellulose or related biomaterials
  • Other emerging applications such as smart materials, membranes and others

Invited Speakers:

  • Yi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
  • David Ji (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Lei Jiang (Beihang University, China)
  • Robert Moon (FPL/Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Masaya Nogi (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Leif Nyholm (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Soydan Ozcan (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Orlando Rojas (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Tsuguyuki Saito (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • German Salazar-Alvarez (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Ifuku Shinsuke (Tottori University, Japan)
  • Andrew Steckl (University of Cincinnati, USA)
  • Christina Swanson (Diagnostic-for-All Inc, USA)
  • Lars Wågberg (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  • Ian White (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Min Wu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Hongli Zhu (University of Maryland, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Liangbing Hu
University of Maryland College Park
Materials Science and Engineering

Lars Berglund
Royal Institute of Technology Sweden

Aaron Mazzeo
Rutgers University
Mechanical Engineering

Hiroyuki Yano
Kyoto University
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere

Junyong Zhu
United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Product Lab