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Hosted by the TAPPI Nanotechnology Division, this webinar will be held Wed., Nov. 29 from 12-1pm EST. Emily D. Cranston of McMaster University will present a recent benchmarking study of industrially produced CNCs and show applications of CNCs as (1) interface stabilizers in wet and dry oil/water emulsions; (2) property modifiers in synthetic latexes with a focus on improving pressure sensitive adhesives; and (3) mechanical enhancers in foams/gels. Specifically, CNC aerogels offer a flexible networked structure to support other functional nanomaterials which we have demonstrated as energy storage and water purification devices. This new understanding can be used to extend the capabilities of CNCs in food/cosmetic products, encapsulation technologies, coatings/adhesives, and tissue engineering scaffolds.

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 "green" and potentially food-grade additives, there is widespread interest in CNCs particularly as emulsifiers, rheological modifiers, and reinforcing agents. We believe that the surface chemistry of CNCs must be well understood and controlled in order to elucidate the interactions, stability and compatibility of CNCs with liquids, polymers and small molecules.

About the presenter:
Emily D. Cranston is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University in Canada and holds the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Bio-Based Nanomaterials. Her research focuses on sustainable nanocomposites and hybrid materials from cellulose and other biopolymers. Her academic path began at McGill University where she received her Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry with bio-organic specialty and a PhD in Materials Chemistry in the group of Professor Derek Gray. The study of value-added products from cellulose took her to Stockholm, Sweden as a postdoctoral researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology before she returned to Canada in 2011.

Emily is the recipient of the 2017 KINGFA Young Investigator’s Award from the American Chemical Society’s Cellulose & Renewable Materials division, is a Distinguished Engineering Fellow at McMaster University and will be the 2018 Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer at the Spring ACS meeting in New Orleans.

Hosted by the TAPPI Women in Industry Division, this webinar will be held December 7 from 12:00-1:00pm EST.
The idea of this webinar is to discuss how to overcome obstacles to getting that promotion and to make you aware of mistakes that we unconsciously make that may prevent us from advancing in our careers.

Decisions about who gets promoted can seem mysterious and arbitrary. Often even with a stellar performance review and a strong track record, women still get passed over. In most companies, feedback is vague and confusing—sometimes intentionally, so as not to demoralize. It’s up to you to ferret out the real reasons you’re not getting the job.

Although women are mentored, they’re not being promoted. A Catalyst study of more than 4,000 high potentials shows that more women than men have mentors—yet women are less likely to advance in their careers. That’s because they’re not actively sponsored the way the men are. Sponsors go beyond giving feedback and advice; they advocate for their mentees and help them gain visibility in the company.

About the presenter:
Rosy Covarrubias received a bachelor's of science degree in chemical engineering from the Instituto Technologico de Chihuahua in Mexico, a MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Project Management Certification from Western Carolina University.

She is employed by Buckman Laboratories in Memphis, Tennessee as the Technology Director Packaging a Product Line Management. She began her career at Buckman as a Senior Development specialist in 1997, moving up to the position of Project Leader in 2002, then to Manager of Product Development in 2004, before arriving at her present assignment.

Rosy has expertise in a number of areas including: sales, project management, marketing, technical service, research and development and others. She is responsible for the development of a number of products including: retention and drainage aids, pitch control, sizing and other wet end applications.


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