Douglas Gardner and Yousoo Han, professors and researchers in Advanced Structures and Composites and School of Forest Resources, and doctoral students Elliot Sander and Sungjun Hwang, presented at the 2022 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials in Helsinki, Finland. Their presentation: “Methods for the production of dry powders of cellulose nanocrystals at the nanoscale: challenges and opportunities.”

The conference, co-chaired by Dr. Mehdi Tajvidi, Associate Professor of Renewable Nanomaterials in the School of Forest Resources, focused on materials for sustainability and the sustainable process of producing cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs).

Materials for Sustainability encompasses the use of renewable materials and nanotechnology to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in a collective effort to foster safe and sustainable economic growth.

A sustainable CNM production process focuses on low-energy processes and environmentally friendly, highly recyclable chemicals for cost-effective CNM production.

Much of this work was done through the Hub and Spoke program, a UMaine/ASCC/Oak Ridge National Lab partnership.