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An Update from TAPPI's International Nanotechnology Division Officers

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An Update from TAPPI's International Nanotechnology Division Officers

Division Chair: Sean Ireland – Verso Paper

Division Vice-Chair: Phil Jones - Imerys

Division Secretary: Ted Wegner – USDA Forest Service- Forest Products Laboratory

As the leadership team for TAPPI's new International Nanotechnology Division, we are really excited about the challenges of leading the Nanotechnology Division as it works to advance a broad range of activities to expand education, standards development and networking opportunities. Nanotechnology has great potential as a key technology to enable the development of a new generation of products based on traditional forest products as well as a range of other applications and renewable materials.

While much has been accomplished, we are only just beginning to see the commercial results of ongoing research and development efforts that illustrate the great potential of this technology. There are many opportunities to learn, get involved, and stay informed of new technical advances. Here are three.

International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials

In its seventh year, TAPPI's annual nanotechnology event has been renamed to reflect both the expanding applications of cellulose beyond its fledgling origins in the pulp and paper industry, to the medical and automotive industries as well as application in the military. This year's event will take place in Montreal, Canada 5-7 June 2012. Visit the event website for speaking opportunities, program details, and more.

International Standards Development

Launched late in 2011, the Division's first committee will work with international experts on coordinating standards development for nanotechnology. As nanotechnology moves from the research labs to industrial manufacturing to consumer products, new issues and discussion arise. Standards play a huge role in commerce and societal benefit. Find out more and join.

Advancements in Nanocellulose Research, Development and Commercialization

TAPPI is recruiting volunteers for the International Nanotechnology Division who can help identify advancements in renewable nanocellulose materials research, development and, most importantly, commercialization.

To learn more or join this exciting new division of TAPPI, email Mary Ann Cauthen, TAPPI Member Group Coordinator.


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