TAPPI Nano 2018 Announces Opening Keynote Speaker

TAPPI Nano 2018 Announces Opening Keynote Speaker

Ford Motor Company’s Sustainable Biomaterials and Plastics Research Program is a pioneer in the development of sustainable plastic materials that meet stringent automotive requirements, including natural fiber reinforced plastics and polymer resins made from renewable feed stocks.  Ford scientists are continuing the search for innovative and creative technologies that can reduce our dependence on petroleum, create new markets for agricultural products and additional revenue streams for farmers. 

Recently, Ford has begun investigating the use of nanocellulose (CNC, CNF and cellulose filaments) reinforced nanocomposites and foams for automotive applications due to their larger surface area, greater aspect ratio and fascinating properties. Be there when Alper Kiziltas shares his insights on how Ford is driving the automotive industry using sustainable materials.

The International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials, taking place 11-14 June 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, is the only international conference dedicated specifically to the production and use of cellulose nanomaterials. This year’s conference theme focuses on "Cellulose Materials - Solutions for Industry Applications:"

  • Discover applications of nanocellulose in diverse markets (i.e., automotive, aviation, beauty products, construction materials, etc.)
  • Explore the latest advancements in research
  • Learn about current innovations in the production and characterization of cellulose nanomaterials

New this year, the Forest Products Society’s 72nd International Convention will co-locate for the first time with TAPPI’s Nano Conference – giving you expanded insight into the economical and environmentally sustainable use of wood and renewable cellulosic materials. Technical sessions are open to all attendees, including the crossover topic on composites. 

Register and save before discounted fees end 10 May 2018. Visit conference.tappinano.org.

Alper Kiziltas is a Research Scientist with the Sustainable Biomaterials and Plastic Research group at Ford Motor Company where his particular interests lie in sustainable materials such as bio-based and recycled resins, natural fiber composites, and nanofillers-reinforced foams and composites. He is a graduate of the University of Maine where he received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Forest Resources. He has published over 50 papers and presentations in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and holds 5 patent disclosures.

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