TAPPI creates nanotechnology division

March 11, 2011 — Paper association TAPPI’s nanotechnology groups have created a new International Nanotechnology Division. This Division will focus on nanotechnology for renewable materials, including the advancement of R&D for nanocellulose and applications such as coatings, plastics, digital displays, military body armors, and medical implants.

The nanotech division will comprise producers, academia, government, consulting companies, suppliers and others in the industry.

Creation of the new division builds on the six years of success with TAPPI’s International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials, held this year in Washington DC, June 6-8 (www.tappinano.org). The event has accelerated the development of standards for nanocellulose, such as bringing TAPPI’s ANSI Accredited Standards process to support ISO’s Technical Committee on Nanotechnology. The International Nanotechnology Division will augment this event by supporting technical developments and broader industry understanding of the value of nanocellulosic nanomaterials. It will also address emerging issues around environmental health, safety and risk assessment in the development of commercial nano-based products. 

The new International Nanotechnology Division is TAPPI’s eleventh division. Each division works to share specific knowledge and provide solutions for the global industry through a variety of member benefits, products, services, and volunteer opportunities, including publications, events, education and training.

TAPPI is now recruiting volunteers for the International Nanotechnology Division who can help identify advancements in renewable nanocellulose materials research, development and commercialization. To learn more or join this division of TAPPI, email Mary Ann Cauthen, TAPPI Member Group Coordinator, at [email protected]

TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries. Visit www.tappi.org for more information.

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