Program

SMART Conference aims to bring leading scholars and experts in the sector for highly technical presentations and in-depth discussions. We are pleased to announce the below technical program full of top experts from around the world in sustainable materials research and applications.

The Conference will be livestreamed and also recorded to be made available on-demand for all registered attendees on the Event App called PheedLoop. Registered attendees will receive a link to access the virtual event portal in late July.

*Note that the below program is subject to change.

PROGRAM


SUNDAY AUGUST 7

6:00pm WELCOME RECEPTION


MONDAY AUGUST 8

8:30am BREAKFAST & MINGLE

9:00am WELCOME ADDRESS by Orlando Rojas, UBC

9:10am SESSION #1 -Cellulose and Raw Material

  • Antje Potthast, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences(BOKU) Vienna, Austria – “Papyrus – Some News from Old Cellulose Samples
  • Thomas Rosenau, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences(BOKU) Vienna, Austria – “Oxidation Chemistry of Celluloses: Mechanisms, Side Reactions, Analytical Aspects, and Some Cautionary Remarks
  • You-Lo Hsieh, Professor, University of California Davis, USA – “Functionalized Nanocellulose Syntheses for Innovations
  • Yimin Mao, Associate Research Professor, University of Maryland, USA – “Multi-Scale Characterization of Cellulosic Materials Using Scattering Techniques

10:30am COFFEE BREAK

10:45am SESSION #2 -Lignin and Applications

  • Mikhail Balakshin, Professor, Aalto University, Finland – “Lignin Engineering – The Bottleneck on the Way to Advanced Integrated Biorefineries
  • Mika Sipponen, Assistant Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden “Production of Colloidal Lignin Dispersions at High-Consistency Without Organic Solvents
  • Scott Renneckar, Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Augmenting Properties of Renewable Materials for Melt-Processing
  • Kirsi Mikkonen, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland – “Birch Glucuronoxylan-Lignin Complexes as Hydrocolloids and Prebiotics

12:00pm LUNCH

1:00pm SESSION #3 -Cellulose Nanocrystal and Application

  • Emily Cranston, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Advances (and Challenges) in the Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals
  • Michael Cunningham, Professor, Queen’s University, Canada – “Cellulose Nanocrystal Functionalization and Polymer Grafting via Living Radical Polymerization
  • Johan Foster, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Modifying Hard Materials with Cellulose Nanomaterials
  • Jason Tavares, Professor, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada – “Sonication of Cellulose Nanocrystal Suspensions

2:20pm COFFEE BREAK

2:35pm SESSION #4 -Cellulose Nanocrystal and Application

  • Silvia Vignolini, Professor, University of Cambridge, UK “Biomimetic Colour Engineering from Nature to Applications
  • Theo van de Ven, Professor, McGill University, Canada – “1D, 2D and 3D Cellulose-Based Biodegradable and Recyclable Objects
  • Kevin De France, Assistant Professor, Queens University, Canada – “Phase Behavior, Self-Assembly, and Adhesive Potential of Cellulose Nanocrystal – BSA Amyloid Composites
  • Teng Li, Professor, University of Maryland, USA – “Mechanisms Underpinning the Mechanical Properties of Cellulose-Based Materials

3:55pm PANEL DISCUSSION

4:30pm POSTER SESSION

5:30pm CLOSING by Orlando Rojas, UBC

6:30pm NETWORKING DINNER


TUESDAY AUGUST 9

8:30am BREAKFAST & MINGLE

9:00am SESSION #5 -Cellulose Foams

  • Feng Jiang, UBC – “Cellulose Nanofibrils Aerogel – Performance Improvement and Optimization”
  • Ning Yan, University of Toronto – “Bio-based Smart Functional PU Materials from Lignin and Other Biomolecules”
  • Michael Hummel, Associate Professor, Aalto University, Finland – ““Shaping” the Future of Lignocellulose via the Ioncell® Process
  • Hongli Zhu, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, USA – “Photocatalytic Rejuvenation Enabled Self-sanitizing, Reusable, and Biodegradable Masks Against COVID-19

10:20am COFFEE BREAK

10:35am SESSION #6 -Functionalised Wood

  • Guido Panzarasa, Professor, ETH Zurich, Switzerland – “Wood Materials for the Generation and Transport of Electricity and Light
  • Alan Luo, Professor, Ohio State University, USA – “Adhesive and Riveting

11:15am SESSION #7 –Cellulose Water Reaction

  • Siddhartha Das, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, USA – “Water and Ion Transport in Nanocellulose: Capillary Physics and Electrohydrodynamics in Hierarchical Micro-Nanochannels
  • M. Soledad Peresin, Assistant Professor, Auburn University, USA – “Polysaccharide Assemblies and Their Potential for Efficient Removal of Emerging Contaminants from Water Sources

11:55am LUNCH

1:00pm SESSION #8 -Cellulose Nanomaterials for High End Applications

  • Orlando Rojas, Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Liangbing Hu Professor, University of Maryland, USA – “Nanocellulose Batteries
  • Jinguang Hu, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Canada – “Cellulose Based Materials for Biomedical Application

2:00pm SESSION #9 -World Food, Engery and Sustainability Assessment

  • Raffaele Mezzenga, Professor, ETH Zurich, Switzerland – “Revaluing Food Protein Waste
  • Qingshi Tu, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Assessing the Sustainability of Bioenergy, Biofuels and Bioproducts Through Industrial Ecology Methods
  • Rajat Panwar, Associate Professor, Oregon State University, USA – “The Transparency Imperative in Promoting the Forest-Based Bioeconomy

3:00pm COFFEE BREAK

3:15pm PANEL DISCUSSION

3:45pm POSTER SESSION

4:45pm SUMMARY OF THE CONFERENCE by Liangbing Hu, University of Maryland, USA

5:00pm POSTER AWARD PRESENTATION by Feng Jiang, UBC, Canada

5:10pm ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEXT CONFERENCE by Kirsi Mikkonen, University of Helsinki, Finland

5:15pm CLOSING REMARK by Orlando Rojas, UBC, Canada

6:00pm JOINT RECEPTION with Lignobiotech Conference 2022


POSTER PRESENTERS

There will be one hour poster session each day and the poster presenters are split into two groups as follows;

MONDAY AUGUST 8 AT 4:30PM-5:30PM

  • Brett Abraham, University of Calgary, Canada – “Carbohydrate Binding Module Fusion Proteins for the Modification of Cellulose-Based Scaffolds in the Culture of Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells
  • Amanda Ackroyd, Graduate Student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Confinement Effects on Nanoparticle Self-Assembly
  • Mohammad Aliahmadi, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Two-Step Drying Technique to Reduce GHG emissions
  • Nasim Amiralian, Group Leader, The University of Queensland, Australia – “Nanocellulose-derived conductive hydrogels
  • Lucas Andrew, Ph.D. Student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Cellulose Nanocrystal Composite Aerogel Materials for Supercapacitor Applications
  • Cong Chen, Ph.D. Student, University of Maine, USA – “Water Sorption Behavior and Barrier Properties of Cellulose Nanocrystal Films
  • Jingqian Chen, Postdoctoral fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Monodispersed Lignin Particles and Self-assembly into Superstructures
  • Tianyu Guo, Postdoc, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Energy Pellets from Whole-Wheat Straw Processed with a Deep Eutectic Solvent: A Comprehensive Thermal, Molecular and Environmental Evaluation
  • Elizabeth Dobrzanski, MASc Student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Stability and Rheological Behaviour of Aqueous Foams from Forest Residues
  • Shuting Huang, Ph.D. Candidate, McGill University, Canada – “Antibacterial Food Packaging Enabled by Nanocellulose
  • Bonwook Koo, Principal Researcher, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), South Korea – “Mechanical Properties of PLA-PHA Composite and Enhancement of Thermal Properties by Application of Lignin
  • Zongzhe Li, Graduate Student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Pristine Cellulose Nanocrystal Gels with Tunable Mechanical Properties from Hybrid Thermal Strategies
  • Yi Lu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Improving Bacterial Cellulose Growth in Emulsions by Super Hydrophobic Liquid Interfaces for 1D Filaments and 3D Printed Materials
  • Marc Massicotte, MASc Student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Encapsulation of Liquid Oil in Cellulose Nanocrystal-Stabilized Wet-Spun Fibers
  • Bruno Mattos, Research Fellow, Aalto University, Finland – “Metal-Phenolic Networking as a Tool to Tailor the Properties of Tannin-Nanocellulose Gels and Porous Solid Materials
  • Ahmad Reza Motezakker, Ph.D. Candidate, KTH Royal Institute and Technology, Sweden – “Understanding the Role of Flexibility and Aspect Ratio of Nanofibers on Transport Phenomena in Nanofibrous Networks
  • In Park, Principal Researcher, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), South Korea – “Mechanical and Optical Properties of Polyimide Hybrid Films Containing Functionalized Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes
  • Guillermo Reyes, Postdoctoral researcher, Aalto University, Finland – “Multiscale Manufacture of Cellulose for 1D Filaments and 3D Printed Materials
  • Davide Rigo, Postdoctoral researcher, Aalto University, Finland – “Upgrading Biorefinery Lignins Through Green and Cost-Efficient Reactive Extraction
  • Yihan Shi, Graduate student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Diffusion-Controlled Self-Assembly Within Cellulose Nanocrystal Gel Receptors to Give Colorful Host-Guest Complexes
  • Ahmad Tufail, University of Tartu, Estonia – “Development and Analysis of Modified Cellulose Composites for Food Packaging
  • Carla Vilela, Principal Researcher, CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials / University of Aveiro, Portugal – “Eco-Friendly Films of Cellulose Nanofibrils and Mango Leaf Extract for Active Packaging: Supercritical Impregnation vs. Solvent Casting
  • Zhengyang Yu, Ph.D. Student, University of British Columbia, Canada- “Cellulose Nanofibrils Aided Waterborne Polyurethane Synthesis and its Application for 3D Printing
  • Yeling Zhu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada- “Functionalized Lignocellulosic Nanofibrils for Fire-Retarding Thermal Insulating Materials

TUESDAY AUGUST 9 AT 3:45PM-4:45PM

  • Julia Antoniw, MSc Student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Colloidal Stability Window for Carboxylated Cellulose Nanocrystals: Considerations for Handling, Characterization and Formulated Product Development
  • Mamata Bhattarai, Postdoctoral researcher, Aalto University, Finland – “Wood Hemicellulose Extracts for Controlled Droplet Deposition on Hydrophobic Surfaces
  • Saeed Davoodi, Ph.D. student, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden – “Nanoscale Alignment in Functional Hybrid Cellulose Filaments
  • Daryna Diment, Doctoral Candidate, Aalto University, Finland – “The Role of the Main Lignin Functional Groups in Its Valorization as a Sorbent
  • Elnaz Erfanian, Ph.D. student, University of Calgary, Canada – “3D Printing of Cellulose Nanofibrils-Graphene Inks: Rheological and Morphological Study
  • Jing Fan, University of British Columbia, Canada – “A Visible Multi-Response Electrochemical Sensor Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals
  • Elisa Ferreira, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Oven-dried Foams from Forest Residues for Thermal Insulation
  • Tony Jin, Ph.D. Candidate, McGill University, Canada – “Chitosan Nanocrystals: A New Class of Nanomaterials Derived from Shell Waste
  • Marcus Johns, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Autofluorescence Spectroscopy for Rapid, Quantitative Analysis of Cellulose Nanocrystal Properties
  • Cameron King, MSc Student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Surface Modification of Uncharged Cellulose Nanocrystals Using Selectively Soluble Cello-Oligosaccharides
  • Johanna Majoinen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aalto University, Finland – “Polyol Molecular Complexity Controls Monosaccharide-Derived Amphiphile Thermotropic Polymorphism
  • Gloria Oporto-Velasquez, Associate Professor, West Virginia University, USA – “Improved Filtration Efficacy and Breathability of Eco-Friendly Biofilters against SARS – CoV 2 Virus Using Rotary Jet Spinning Technology
  • Umair Qasim, University of Oulu, Finland – “Hydrophobized Cellulose Nanofibers through Ring-Opening Esterification in Deep Eutectic Solvent
  • Wenjing Sun, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maine, USA – “Insight into Mycelium-Lignocellulosic Bio-Composites: Essential Factors and Properties
  • Xia Sun, Ph.D. student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Tough and Ultrastretchable Liquid-Free Ion Conductor Strengthened by Deep Eutectic Solvent Hydrolyzed Cellulose Microfibers
  • Amir Varamesh, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Calgary, Canada – “All Biobased and Green Aerogels Developed from Cellulose Filaments, Chitosan and Citric Acid with Dye Removal and Antibacterial Properties
  • Anderson Veiga, Ph.D. student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Iron labelled Cellulose Fibres for Applications in Advanced Microscopy
  • Mingcong Xu, Ph.D. student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Mechanically Responsive Circularly Polarized Luminescence from Cellulose Nanocrystal-based Thermoplastics
  • Yuhang Ye, Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia, Canada – Highly Stretchable, Durable, and Transient Conductive Hydrogel for Multi-functional Sensor and Signal Transmission Applications”
  • Bin Zhao, Doctoral Candidate, Aalto University, Finland – “Sustainable Wood Carbon Materials with Ultralow Reflectance for Light Management
  • Jiaying Zhu, Ph.D. student, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Effect of Surface Charge on Capacitance of Cellulose Nanofibrils and the Application as Humidity Sensor
  • Penghui Zhu, Post Doctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia, Canada – “Hygroscopic Salt Enabled Super-absorbent Cellulose Nanofiber Scaffold for Solar-driven Water Harvesting From Atmosphere