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NDSU hosts international renewables symposium

NDSU hosted the third International Symposium on Materials from Renewables July 17-18 on the NDSU campus. The event was co-organized by faculty at NDSU and the University of Georgia.

The symposium is sponsored by the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as ND EPSCoR; North Dakota Soybean Council; United Soybean Board; North Dakota Department of Commerce; Agricultural Products Utilization Commission; Coatings (MDPI); NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials; NDSU College of Science and Mathematics and NDSU College of Engineering.

The event explored aspects of research related to the use of renewable, natural materials, including applications in all fields of science and engineering.

The symposium is an important platform to discuss bio-based materials, a growing area of development as researchers and industries seek alternatives to petroleum-based products.

NDSU members of the organizing committee included Andriy Voronov, associate professor of coatings and polymeric materials; Dean Webster, professor and chair of coatings and polymeric materials; and Mukund Sibi, University Distinguished Professor of chemistry and biochemisty and James A. Meier Professor.

A distinguished group of speakers addressed research, processing and application for making materials from renewable resources, such as natural polymers and plant or vegetable oils. The conference provided opportunities for students to hear from top scientists who are working on emerging research.

Speakers and their topics included:

• Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph, Canada

“Renewable Resourced-based Materials Towards Improved Sustainability Through a Circular Economy Path: Light-weight Car Parts to Eco-friendly Packaging”

• Janice Tardiff, Ford Motor

“Incorporation of Sustainable/Renewable Materials into Automotive Parts”

• Sylvian Caillol, Institute Charles Gerhardt, France

“Platform of Biobased Aromatic Building Blocks for Polymers Synthesis”

• Kevin J. Edgar, Virginia Tech

“Creating New and Useful Polysaccharide Architectures”

• Christian Lenges, DuPont Industrial Biosciences

“DuPont Industrial Biosciences: Sustainable Material Innovation and Application Examples”

• Eric Cochran, Iowa State University

“Waterborne Glycerol-based Thermoplastic Adhesives for Wood Composites”

• Richard Gross, Rensselaer

“Biocatalysis Enables New Options in Polymer Science”

• Yiqi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Fully Stereo-Complexted PLLA-PDLA Fibers with Excellent Wet Processing and Performance Properties”

• Manjursi Misera, University of Guelph, Canada

“Design and Engineering of Biodegradable Nanoblends by Reactive Extrusion”

• Chad Ulven, NDSU

“Fatigue Failure of Flax Fiber Reinforced Thermoset Composites”

• Jennifer Dunn, Argonne National Laboratory

“Life Cycle Analysis Considerations for Bioproducts”

• Lee Walko, Omi Tech International

“Biobased Resins in Coatings”

• Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University

“Green Transformation of Lignin to Sustainable Graphenic-Fixed Bed Adsorbents and Their Application in Water Purification”

• Jerry Leszczynski, Jackson State University

Rational Selection of Materials from Renewables: Role of Computational Chemistry

• Igor Luzinov, Clemson University

“Polymer Nanocomposites Reinforced with Renewable SiC Whiskers”

• Sergiy Minko, University of Georgia

“Biodegradable Filament Nanofibers”

• Alexander Siderenko, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia

“Biocompatible Hybrid Molecular Brishes with Chitosan Backbone: Synthesis and Cell Interactions”

• Suraj Sharma, University of Georgia

“Chitosan Pretreatment and Naocellulose Gel Dyeing of Cotton/Polyester Blended Textiles”

• Hrvoje Kusic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

“TiO2-composites as Effective Photocatalysts for Solar Driven Treatment of Emerging Contaiminants in Water”

• Surojit Gupta, University of North Dakota

“Recent Progress on the Design of Novel Structural Materials for Multifunctional Applications”

• Anuradhi Liyanapathiranage, University of Georgia

“Sustainable Industrially Reliable Novel Textile Dyeing Technology and High-Performance Functional Coatings from Nanocellulose”

• Jamileh Shojaeiarani, NDSU

“Structure and Performance Characteristics of Cellulose Nanocrystals Reinforced Poly Biocomposites”

Poster presentations are set for the Memorial Union Great Plains room, while the conference dinner is scheduled for the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center.

The symposium is an annual event, rotating between the NDSU and University of Georgia campuses.

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