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Growing Resources Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow People • Technologies • Ideas

Georgia Institute of Technology 500 10th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30332-0620 404.894.5700

• 2017 Annual Executive Conference •

Copyright 2017 • Georgia Institute of Technology • An equal education and employment opportunity institution.

Annual Executive Conference March 7-8, 2017

Welcome to RBI People • Technologies • Ideas Agenda About RBI Georgia Tech People Speakers Technology Poster Competition Ideas The Idea that Changed the World Participants Logistics: Global Learning Center Questions & Wi-Fi Info

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In that same spirit, RBI is a catalyst for fundamental scientific breakthroughs, engineering and innovation and revolutionary ideas to address society’s current and future needs. On our campus and in our culture, cross-disciplinary research partnerships advance progress and solutions on issues of significance.

world of bioproducts. Domtar CEO John Williams will describe “The Building Blocks of Our Industry’s Future.” Experts will engage you and your colleagues during two parallel sessions showcasing both student and faculty research, as well as plenary sessions featuring an overview of the RBI Endowment portfolio and an in-depth look at the new RAPID (Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment) Manufacturing Institute of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). A panel of leaders from five research institutes of Georgia Tech will describe the “Future of Manufacturing,” highlighting emerging technology opportunities in their fields.

Advancing our understanding of the drivers of global grand challenges and potential remedies for them requires contributions from the full range of research fields represented at RBI and of the people, ideas and technologies driving those fields. It also requires partnerships with you — the people and organizations that support our research and work with us to translate these advances into real-world applications.

As is our tradition, we’ll introduce our Ph.D. Fellows. Funded by RBI’s unique endowment, these students will be giving all of us a look into the future of renewable bioproducts as featured speakers and as research presenters during the popular poster competition.

As we examine how best to meet the needs of a growing population and reduce the use of non-renewable resources, we see the world of bioproducts and bioprocessing as key to lasting solutions. RBI has the people, ideas and technology to lead the way in this new revolution toward a more sustainable global environment.

We’re proud to present the people, ideas and technologies that make RBI a premier center of activity in renewables research in addressing the grand challenges of tomorrow — today. Thank you for coming.

Our executive conference offers two days of discourse and dialogue regarding the challenges and opportunities in the

Norman F. Marsolan Executive Director, RBI

Welcome to our annual executive conference, Growing Resources Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow: People, Technologies and Ideas. The Renewable Bioproducts Institute is a place of extraordinary interactions. It's a setting where people and ideas come together to create innovative technologies through groundbreaking research. Our society finds itself at a technological and societal inflection point as we address critical social, economic and environmental concerns and development priorities. Georgia Tech has a history of addressing these priorities by pursuing advanced research, providing rigorous education and collaborating to make a better world.

Today, innovation is an industry of its own. Within it, there is a race to provide products and services to help business, government and academia become more creative through collaboration as they try to meet the needs of a global economy. These needs are becoming grand challenges as a growing world population consumes more of our earth’s limited resources. From food supply and waste reduction to water conservation and energy efficiencies, the Renewable Bioproducts Institute remains at the forefront of this innovation industry. How do we do it? With People, Technologies and Ideas. Our researchers and faculty are on the front lines of scientific and technological progress. As they work to shape the future, we help connect them to the innovation ecosystem here at Georgia Tech.


RBI has more than 50 affiliated faculty and more than 40 Ph.D. students — emerging thoughtleaders, change agents and innovators — who have a profound personal investment in shaping a more sustainable environment through the study of renewable raw materials and their impact on our world. Our researchers are solving complex problems and creating transformative opportunities through collaborative partnerships. Alongside them are some of the most highly skilled students in the world — RBI's Ph.D. Fellows. Together, our people are not only changing the landscape of research, but broadening our imaginations to see how bioproducts and bioprocessing can change our future.


The world has made significant technological advances in recent decades — and is expected to push significantly further by 2030. Groundbreaking work is being conducted in RBI’s core research areas, including new platforms such as biodiesel, direct generation of power from biomass, energy efficient solar cells made of renewable biomaterials, and nanocellulose applications in the automotive and aerospace industries. Through this research, RBI is creating next-generation pathways to new opportunities.


Ideas spring from the urge and courage to create. And these ideas spark the imagination of RBI’s researchers and Ph.D. Fellows to tackle some of the most daunting challenges and biggest opportunities of the 21st century. In the following pages, we will introduce you to our people, our technologies and our ideas. We will show you what makes us unique and how collaborative partnerships with RBI can lead to the creation of new connections for industry to capture and implement these processes and technologies that once seemed unimaginable.

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Agenda Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

11:15 - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Continental Breakfast • 2nd Floor • Area B

Session 1: Day 1 Opening Plenary (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.) Room 222 Welcome and Meeting Overview Conference Moderator Norman F. Marsolan • Executive Director, Renewable Bioproducts Institute Keynote Address • John Williams, CEO • Domtar • The Building Blocks of Our Industry’s Future Break RBI Endowment Portfolio Overview • Chris Luettgen, RBI Associate Director; Norman F. Marsolan, RBI Executive Director; & Matthew Realff, RBI Associate Director Session 2: (10:30 - 12:00 p.m.) • Student Showcase & Panel Discussion Track I • Room 222 Track II • Room 225 Moderator: Preet Singh Moderator: Matthew Realff Chad Hume, Ph.D. Candidate, ME Xu Du, Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE Design and manufacture of press fabric Low-energy catalytic electrolysis for simultaneous structures for improved dewatering hydrogen evolution and lignin depolymerization Advisor: David Rosen Advisor: Yulin Deng Yuanzheng Zhu, Ph.D. Candidate, ME Mark Cannatelli, Ph.D. Candidate, Chem Crystal particle adhesion to surfaces Laccase-facilitated copolymerization of lignin in black liquor evaporators for the synthesis of novel biomaterials Advisor: Cyrus Aidun Advisor: Art Ragauskas Aydin Bedi Baykal, Ph.D. Candidate, MSE Jungseob So, Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE Erosion-corrosion of steels In-situ ATR-IR study on aqueous-phase exposed to pulping liquors reforming reactions to polyols and sugars Advisor: Preet Singh Advisor: David Sholl & Carsten Sievers The Student Experience: Effective Means & Value of Industry Exposure Student Panel Discussion Student Panel Discussion Speakers listed above, plus: Speakers listed above, plus: Thomas Kwok, Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE Nathan Ellebracht, Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE Gaoxiang “Garret” Wu, Ph.D. Candidate, MSE Bailey Risteen, Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE Buffet Lunch • Buffet available 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. • Rooms 156-158 Poster Session Part I • Atrium • 1st Floor • You will have another opportunity during this evening’s reception to browse the posters on display and converse with the presenters. Session 3: (1:30 - 3:00 p.m.) • Highlights of Faculty Research Track I • Room 222 Track II • Room 225 Moderator: Chris Luettgen Moderator: Robert Moon Pamela Peralta-Yahya, Chem Carson Meredith, ChBE Bioproduction of value-added Expanding the processibility and applications chemicals from lignin of cellulose and chitin nanomaterials Carsten Sievers, ChBE Kim Kurtis, CEE Mechanocatalytic depolymerization of lignin Opportunities in bio/mineral cement composites Yulin Deng, ChBE Kyriaki Kalaitzidou, ME Low temperature conversion of biomass Cellulose nanomaterials toward to hydrogen and electric power lightweighting of polymer composites Break

Session 4: Plenary Session (3:15 - 4:00 p.m.) RAPID Initiative: Opportunities for Bioproducts Advancement • Room 222 • 3:15 p.m. The Significance of the New Manufacturing USA Institute on Process Intensification, Led by AIChE, and the Opportunities it Presents for Bioproducts Companies David Sholl, ChBE School Chair, John F. Brock III School Chair & GRA Eminent Scholar for Energy Substainability Georgia Tech’s Role as Partner in the Rapid Advancement of Process Intensification Deployment Initiative (RAPID) Shri Ramaswamy, Professor & Department Head, Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota RAPID Renewable Bioproducts Application Focus Area David Turpin, Executive Director, Agenda 2020 Benefits and Opportunities for Pulp and Paper Companies Discussion: Moderated by Norman F. Marsolan 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Flash Reports from Georgia Tech • Moderator: Norman F. Marsolan 4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Wrap-up of the Day 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Poster Session Part II • Reception • Atrium • 1st Floor • Hors d’oeuvres

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast • Second Floor • Area B

Session 5: Day 2 Opening Plenary (8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) • All Sessions Room 222 Introduction of Day 2 • Norman F. Marsolan, Moderator Christopher Jones, Georgia Tech Associate VP of Research, Love Family Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering • Georgia Tech Innovation Ecosystem & Industry

9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Recent Additions to the Georgia Tech Faculty Moderator: Robert Butera, Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, Georgia Tech College of Engineering Josh Kacher, MSE Imaging at the Nanoscale: Advances in High-Throughput and In-situ Electron Microscopy Characterization Natalie Stingelin, MSE/ChBE Cool Plastics for a Greener World A.J. Medford, ChBE Opportunities for Computational Design of Heterogeneous Catalysts Blair Brettman, MSE Molecular Engineering for Integrated Product Development Will Gutekunst, CHEM New Strategies for the Synthesis of Complex Materials 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

Session 6: Final Plenary (10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Panel Discussion • The Future of Manufacturing: Emerging Technology Opportunities Moderator: Christopher Jones Leaders of Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Research Institutes discuss how emerging technologies in their areas can impact manufacturing. Oliver Brand, Institute for Electronics & Nanotechnology Shreyes Melkote, Manufacturing Institute Gary McMurray, Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines David McDowell, Institute for Materials Norman F. Marsolan, Renewable Bioproducts Institute 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Conference Wrap-Up 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch • Optional • Georgia Tech Hotel • Adjacent to Main Dining Room 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the country’s preeminent research universities with more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to our partners in industry, government and business. Dreaming Big

Our team works to map out new solutions and work hand-in-hand with our partners to create the next big breakthrough or tailor collaborations focused on solving their toughest challenges. Through an innovation ecosystem that brings together education, research, government, and industry in unique ways, researchers and students from various units across campus are creating transformative opportunities and strengthening collaborative partnerships, internally and externally, to maximize the impact of their research.

A Solution for You

We understand each business is unique. Knowing that, Georgia Tech can tailor a corporate partnership to meet your specific needs and expectations. Collaborating with a research university has never been easier. First, we listen. Then we focus on your short- and long-term goals. This allows us to connect your company with the right expertise and resources, from engaging top faculty and students and accessing research and development to tapping into a startup or establishing an innovation center.

Top Student Talent

About the Renewable Bioproducts Institute

Georgia Tech graduates are in high demand. As one of the world’s leading technological research universities, we immerse our students in the latest ideas and cutting-edge technology. Georgia Tech students are engaged in solving problems and creating opportunities with companies through sponsored research, internships, co-ops and more. You get solutions while students get real-world experience. In the process, you also make meaningful connections with top talent and the next generation of workforce-ready graduates.

Our Vision

For your company to remain competitive, you need insight into what’s next. Georgia Tech’s labs are on the front lines of scientific and technological progress. We can give you access to developments that will help your business thrive in ever evolving competitive global markets. Georgia Tech is home to world-class research, state-of-the-art facilities and internationally recognized experts tackling some of the world’s toughest problems. Let us connect you to the right resources to help your business create solutions and identify the technology that will shape your market and engage new customers.

The Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) at Georgia Tech builds on nearly a century of lignocellulosics research. RBI is addressing challenges and creating opportunities for companies in the rapidly developing bioeconomy. Its forest- and agriculture-based research enhances the portfolios of companies from pulp and paper to automotive, aerospace to consumer products, and more, while emphasizing the importance of sustainability in meeting the needs of the expanding global market. We will be the premier institute for advanced and translational research in the area of renewables by creating an interdisciplinary engine for value added bioproducts, biochemical and bioprocesses in the market

Our Mission

The mission of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute is to advance both science and engineering for the biorefining of renewable raw materials by creating new bioproducts and biochemicals while enhancing the value of existing renewable products and significantly reducing the cost and resource requirements of those products and processes.

Our Strategic Focus

The Renewable Bioproducts Institute will leverage the full capabilities of Georgia Tech in the service of companies looking for opportunities in the areas of renewable chemicals, new bio-based feedstocks, renewable and biodegradable plastics, advanced biofuels and bio-based materials and composites.

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At Georgia Tech, we pride ourselves on being trailblazers who drive real change in the real world.

Ultimately, we’re in the business of creating the next — the next idea, the next technology and the next legion of open, agile minds. Bound together with passion and skill, spurred by our imaginations and rolling up our sleeves to get it done, we focus on solving the grand challenges of our time.

Won’t you join us?

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Georgia Tech is in the business of creating the next — the next idea, the next technology and the next class of visionary leaders. Bound together by passion and skill, spurred by our imaginations, and determined to succeed, our faculty, researchers and students focus on tackling the challenges of our time.

At RBI, we understand that our innovation capacity consists of our talented people and on the sparks of imagination and insight our faculty and students generate.

RBI has more than 50 affiliated faculty and more than 40 Ph.D. students — emerging thought-leaders, change agents and innovators — who have a profound personal investment in shaping a more sustainable environment through the study of renewable raw materials and their impact on our future.

RBI’s commitment to developing this extraordinary capacity is powered by Georgia Tech’s ability to attract the best researchers from around the globe, by our research investors and partners, and by our unique endowment that is preparing the next generation of scientists for the challenges of tomorrow.

Our people bring a breadth of expertise and new ideas in a variety of areas, from new opportunities in renewable chemicals and biodegradable plastics, to advances in energy and materials efficiency in pulp and paper manufacturing and applications, plus advanced biofuels and bio-based materials and composites. It is their passion and continuous search for the next that makes RBI a premier institute to address some of our most complex challenges and promising opportunities.

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Aydin Bedi Baykal

Ph.D. Candidate, MSE • Georgia Tech Aydin Bedi Baykal is a PSE Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He is expected to complete his degree August 2017. His thesis topic is “Evaporator erosioncorrosion and mechanical effects.” His research interests also include corrosion in flow systems, flow regime effects on corrosion, repassivation, effects of slurry and caustic conditions on material loss, erosion corrosion and corrosive wear. He received his bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Technical University and his master’s degree from the University of Michigan, both in mechanical engineering.

Kathleen M. Bennett

Bennett Consulting, LLC 864.354.7228 • Kathleen M. Bennett, principal at Kathleen M. Bennett Consulting, LLC, offers extensive experience in the pulp and paper and forest products manufacturing industry with emphasis in strategy, government affairs, communications and business process development. Current clients include the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech and the forest industry’s Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance among others. In addition to strategy and communications, she has special expertise in integrating regulations and other external expectations of industry operations with business and operational goals. She formerly served in senior positions at Bowater Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Fort James Corporation and others and was a Senate-confirmed Presidential appointee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is a former president and chair of TAPPI and member of the TAPPI Foundation Board of Trustees.

Oliver Brand, GT

Executive Director, Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology Professor, ECE • Georgia Tech 404.894.9425 • Oliver Brand received his degree in Physics from Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1990 and his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1997 to 2002, he was a lecturer at ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland, and deputy director of the Physical Electronics Laboratory (PEL). Dr. Brand has co-

authored more than 200 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. His research interests are in the areas of integrated microsystems, microsensors, MEMS fabrication technologies and microsystem packaging. Since 2016, he has served as the Director of the Coordinating Office of the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

Blair Brettmann

work has been supported by the NIH, NSF, DARPA, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and corporations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Procter and Gamble and Axion Biosystems.

Mark Cannatelli

Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry & Biochemistry • Georgia Tech

Assistant Professor, MSE • Georgia Tech 404.894.2535 • Blair Brettmann received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and her master's in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT in 2009 following internships at GlaxoSmithKline (Upper Merion, PA) and Mawana Sugar Works (Mawana, India). She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2012 working with the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing under Bernhardt Trout. Her research focused on solid-state characterization and application of pharmaceutical formulations prepared by electrospinning. Following her Ph.D., she worked at Saint-Gobain on polymer-based wet coatings and dispersions for various applications, including window films, glass fiber mats and architectural fabrics. Later, she served as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

Robert Butera

Professor & Interim Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, CoE • Georgia Tech 404.894.2935 • Robert Butera has been a member of the ECE faculty since 1999 and holds a joint appointment in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. A 1991 BEE graduate of Georgia Tech, Dr. Butera attended graduate school at Rice University in Houston, Texas, receiving his MSEE in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. Following graduate school, he conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. While at the NIH, he worked jointly in the Mathematical Research Branch and the Laboratory for Neural Control. Since 2014, he has co-directed the Neural Engineering Research Center, which brings together neural engineering researchers from across campus. His research currently focuses on novel methods for peripheral and autonomic nerve modulation using electrical signaling, combining engineering and neuroscience to tackle clinically motivated problems. His lab uses techniques including intracellular and extracellular electrophysiology, computational modeling and real-time computing. His

Yulin Deng

Mark Cannatelli is a native of Melbourne, Australia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College (South Carolina) in 2010 and his master’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012. He is a recipient of a RBI fellowship. His dissertation research focuses on the novel applications of laccases for the synthesis of small molecules and lignin-derived biomaterials, conducted under the supervision of Professor Art Ragauskas.

Professor, ChBE • Georgia Tech 404.894.5759 • Yulin Deng is a Professor with the School Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Areas of particular interest include nanomaterial synthesis of self-assembling; biofuel and biomass materials; sustainable energy, including fuel cell and solar cell; polymers; and papermaking and paper recycling. Deng is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science, a member of AIChE and TAPPI. He has received several awards, including AIChE Forest Bioproducts Division Chase Award and IPST President Research Award. He serves as editorial board member for five journals and associate editor for two journals. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Northeast Normal University, China, in 1982; his Ph.D. from Manchester University, UK, in 1992; and his Post-Doctorate from McMaster University, Canada, in 1992.

Xu Du

Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE • Georgia Tech Xu Du received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering from Dilian University, China. He currently serves as a research assistant on a project entitled “Hydrogen production by glycerol reforming enhanced by insitu CO2 absorption.” His thesis, “Lignin based green polyurethanes from 100 percent sustainable natural materials,” is under the advisement of Professor Yulin Deng. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Chemical Engineering and International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

Nathan Ellebracht

Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE • Georgia Tech Nathan Ellebracht received his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley. His research project, “Nanocellulose-based cooperative chemocatalysts for conversion of biomass-derived furans to fuels,” is under the advisement of Dr. Chris Jones. He gained experience as an undergraduate researcher at UC Davis and UC Berkeley, in particular with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. After arriving at Georgia Tech in 2014, he served as a technology development engineer intern with ChemiSense.

Will Gutekunst

Assistant Professor, Chem • Georgia Tech 404.894.4675 • Will Gutekunst has expertise in polymer synthesis and organic chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry under Professor Phil S. Baran at The Scripps Research Institute in 2013, followed by an NIH postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Craig J. Hawker at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests intersect the worlds of modern synthetic organic chemistry and polymer science to develop the tools needed to build next generation functional polymers. Currently, the group’s research efforts focus on the development of new small molecules to dynamically control architecture in hyperbranched polymer systems and the design of novel platforms for polyamide engineering.

Chad Hume

Ph.D. Candidate, ME • Georgia Tech Chad Hume received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and his master’s degree from Georgia Tech in 2013. He currently serves as a graduate research assistant to Dr. David Rosen. Among his work with Dr. Rosen is the design and manufacture of press fabrics for improved dewatering and product family design for reduced cost and increased efficiency. His thesis is entitled “Hole design and manufacture for press fabric layers to improve dewatering.”

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Christopher W. Jones

Associate Vice President of Research • Georgia Tech Love Family Professor, ChBE 404.385.1683 • Christopher W. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1995 and his master’s degree in 1997 and Ph.D. in 1999 in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, working with Mark E. Davis. After a post-doctoral year working at Caltech with Davis and John E. Bercaw, he joined Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in 2000. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, Professor in 2008 and was named the New-Vision Professor in 2011. Today, he is the Love Family Professor and Associate Vice President for Research at Georgia Tech. Chris is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Catalysis. Jones directs a research program focused primarily on heterogeneous and molecular catalysis and CO2 separation, sequestration and utilization. His group utilizes inorganic, organic and organometallic synthetic techniques to endow solid materials with well-characterized surfaces where the physical and chemical properties of the solid are manipulated by understanding and controlling the structure of the material on all length scales. Most recently, he was recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers with the 2016 Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering, distinguishing him as one of the Top Academic Chemical Engineers under 45.

Kyriaki Kalaitzidou

Assistant Professor, ME • Georgia Tech 404.385.3446 • Kyriaki Kalaitzidou joined the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in 2007. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Earlier, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from Michigan State University in 2006. Her research focuses on the manufacture of polymer-based lightweight structures and smart materials commonly used in applications ranging from transportation and consumer electronics to customized medical implants. She has co-authored 43 peer-reviewed journal publications, more than 40 refereed conference papers and holds two patents. She has received the third award in the International Quadrant Competition for her Ph.D. work and the prestigious Honda Initiation Grand. Her research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Intel, Yamaha, Bennett Aerospace and Honda.

Josh Kacher

Assistant Professor, MSE • Georgia Tech 404.894.2781 • Josh Kacher joined Georgia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor in fall of 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. There, he worked in collaboration with General Motors to understand the Portevin-le Chatelier effect in Al-Mg and with the U.S. Navy to develop novel rhenium-replacement alloys. His research approach centered on applying in situ TEM deformation to understand the influence of local chemistry on the behavior of defects such as dislocations and twins. This was coupled with mesoscale characterization of the defect state using EBSD for multiscale characterization of the deformation processes. His master’s and Ph.D. work similarly focused on applying multiscale electron microscopy techniques to understanding defect behavior in a variety of systems such as ion-irradiated stainless steels, materials at elevated temperatures and Mg alloys for lightweight alloy development.

Kimberly Kurtis

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship Professor, CEE • Georgia Tech 404.385.0825 • Kim Kurtis manages the reappointment, promotion, tenure, peer review and selection processes for all faculty and researchers within the College of Engineering. In addition, she leads faculty development initiatives and assists with the management of faculty hiring strategies and inclusion programs. Prior to joining the Dean’s Office, she served as Associate Chair of Graduate Programs in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and was the College of Engineering ADVANCE Professor, a position that seeks to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce. She joined Georgia Tech’s faculty in January 1999 after earning her Ph.D. and master’s in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, under an NSF Graduate Fellowship and Henry Hilp Scholarship. She earned her bachelor’s degree (1994) in Civil Engineering from Tulane University. Her innovative research on the multi-scale structure and performance of cementbased materials has resulted in more than 100 technical publications and two U.S. patents.

Thomas Kwok

Norman F. Marsolan

Thomas Kwok received his bachelor’s degree with honors from the California Institute of Technology in 2014 and is now pursuing his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech. His thesis topic is entitled “Process systems engineering of novel mild chemical pretreatment options of lignocellulosics.” His advisors are professors Andreas Bommarius and Matthew Realff. He served as a HHMI summer intern at Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 2006-2008 while attending San Francisco University High School; served as a summer undergraduate research fellow at Genomic Institute of Singapore in 2009; and was hired by Romny Scientific as a consultant for development of thermoelectric devices in 2013.

Norman F. Marsolan is Executive Director of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. As Executive Director, Marsolan is responsible for engaging the research capacity of Georgia Tech in the service of member companies and industry. After 20 years of service, Marsolan retired from International Paper Company in 2008, where he last served as Director of Research and Development. He also held assignments as Mill Manager and as Director of Technology Manufacturing Solutions, responsible for the worldwide support of pulp and paper manufacturing. Marsolan is a past Chair of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI). He is an affiliate member of the forest products industry’s Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance and a TAPPI Fellow.

Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE • Georgia Tech

Chris Luettgen

Associate Director • RBI, Georgia Tech Professor of the Practice, ChBE Director, GT Pulp and Paper Engineering Undergraduate Certificate Program and Foundation 404.894.6908 • Chris Luettgen has 25-plus years of industry experience, with Scott Paper and Kimberly-Clark Corp., where he most recently served as Senior Research and Engineering Manager for the Kimberly-Clark Professional business sector. He has held positions in product development and innovation as well as in capital project management and manufacturing facility leadership. For several years, Luettgen has served on the RBI Industry Board of Advisors and he is the current Chairman of the Board of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University (1985), his master’s degree at the Institute of Paper Chemistry, Appleton, WI (1987) and his Ph.D. at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology — now the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech (1991). He rejoined Georgia Tech in November 2014 as a Professor of the Practice in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Associate Director of Pulp and Paper at RBI. He also serves as Director of Industry Strategic Partnerships in the Georgia Tech Professional Education Division. Areas of interest include: Recycled fiber, renewable cellulosic feedstocks, tissue manufacturing and converting and manufacturing leadership/operations excellence.

Professor, Executive Director, RBI • Georgia Tech 404.894.2082 •

David L. McDowell

Carter N. Paden Jr. Distinguish Chair, Metals Processing Regents’ Professor, Mechanics of Materials, ME Executive Director, Institute for Materials • Georgia Tech 404.894.5128 • Dave McDowell joined Georgia Tech in 1983 and holds a dual appointment in the GWW School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He served as Director of the Mechanical Properties Research Laboratory from 1992-2012. In 2012 he was named Founding Director of the Institute for Materials (IMat), one of Georgia Tech’s Interdisciplinary Research Institutes charged with fostering an innovation ecosystem for research and education. He has served as Executive Director of IMat since 2013. McDowell's research focuses on nonlinear constitutive models for engineering materials, including cellular metallic materials, nonlinear and time dependent fracture mechanics, finite strain inelasticity and defect field mechanics, distributed damage evolution, constitutive relations and microstructure-sensitive computational approaches to deformation and damage of heterogeneous alloys, combined computational and experimental strategies for modeling high cycle fatigue in advanced engineering alloys, atomistic simulations of dislocation nucleation and mediation at grain boundaries, multiscale computational mechanics of materials ranging from atomistics to continuum, and systems-based computational materials design.

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pages Gary McMurray 14 - 15 IRIM Associate Director of Industry, GTRI • Georgia Tech Division Chief, Food Processing Technology 404.407.8844 •

Gary McMurray leads the development of advanced robotic systems for the food, transportation and biomedical industries. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT). He is in charge of the GTRI Division that conducts significant industrial research under Georgia’s Traditional Industries Program and leads the Division’s efforts for identifying and marketing new research opportunities. His research teams have produced breakthroughs in commercial systems as well as research critical to saving the industry millions of dollars. He is working with GTRI and GT leaders to market our resources to the Department of Defense in the area of unmanned systems.

Andrew J. Medford

Assistant Professor, ChBE • Georgia Tech 404.385.5531 • Andrew Medford received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study polymer solar cells in Denmark. He attended Stanford University where he received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering for research on the development of computational atomistic and kinetic models of catalytic reactions. Dr. Medford is currently interested in leveraging materials informatics, statistics and machine learning to maximize the practical impact of fundamental atomic-scale simulations in the field of surface science and catalysis. His research areas include heterogeneous catalysis, oxide surface chemistry, density functional theory, kinetic models, uncertainty quantification and Bayesian optimization and inference.

Shreyes N. Melkote

Morris M. Bryan Jr. Professorship, ME • Georgia Tech 404.894.8499 • Shreyes Melkote began his career at Georgia Tech in 1995 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to his arrival, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois. Dr. Melkote’s research addresses both basic and applied problems in the areas of precision machining, micromachining and part fixturing/handling. His research in precision machining focuses on the investigation of surface generation

mechanisms in processes such as hard turning and grinding. In particular, it is aimed at understanding the role of process variables and material properties on the resulting surface topography, mechanical properties and microstructure and functional properties through experiments and modeling. His work in micromachining focuses on developing models to accurately predict the mechanics of mechanical micro-cutting processes such as microgrooving and micro-milling. He is also working to develop novel hybrid micromachining processes for creating complex three-dimensional microscale features in difficult-to-machine materials. Finally, his work in part fixturing and handling aims at developing a mathematical approach to the design, analysis and optimization of mechanical fixturing/automated handling devices used in manufacturing and assembly. Such devices include complex fixtures for machining and robotic grasping devices in the handling of thin flexible materials.

Carson Meredith

Professor, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies ChBE • Georgia Tech 404.385.2151 • Carson Meredith, Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech and a faculty member since 2000, received his bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas, Austin, in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he was a postdoctoral associate in the NIST Polymers Division. His research focuses on materials with high surface or interfacial area, with emphasis on structures, transport properties and adhesion in sustainable particle- and fiber-based materials. Current projects include the development of light-weight, high-strength composites based on cellulose or chitin nanofibers, development of bio-inspired adhesives based on pollen and diatoms, barrier materials for packaging based on chitin nanofibers and novel methods to produce ultra-stable foams. His work has been featured on the covers of Macromolecules, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, the Materials Research Bulletin and Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.

Pamela Peralta-Yahya

Assistant Professor, ChBE • Georgia Tech 404.894.4228 Pamela Peralta-Yahya, an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is leading a research group developing foundational technologies to more effectively engineer biological systems for chemical synthesis. One area of research is the

development of biosensors to screen chemical-producing microbes, which could identify strains that produce chemicals at industrially relevant yield. This technology has potential applications in the area of microbial synthesis of pharmaceuticals and microbial production of high energy density fuels. Peralta-Yahya holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She pursued postdoctoral research at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA). She received the DARPA Young Faculty Award and the DuPont Young Professor for Scientific Innovation Award in 2014.

Shri Ramaswamy

Professor, Department Head, Bioproducts & Biosystems University of Minnesota 612.624.8797 • Dr. Ramaswamy has degrees in paper science and engineering and chemical engineering and over nine years of industrial experience in process and products engineering, process research and development, and chemical applications technology development. has been a faculty member and serving as department head (since 2003) at the University of Minnesota has been actively engaged in teaching, research, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students for over 20 years. He has made important contributions in topics related to transport through porous media, structure-property relationships, bio-based products properties and performance, and integrated biorefining including separations and purification technologies. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings papers and other review articles related to pulp and paper manufacturing and lignocellulosic biomass conversion, separation and purification processes and process modeling of biorefineries.

Matthew J. Realff

Professor, ChBE • Georgia Tech Associate Director • RBI 404.894.1834 • Matthew J. Realff is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech and David Wang Senior Faculty Fellow. He has been at Georgia Tech since 1993, after completing his bachelor’s degree at Imperial College London and Ph.D. in chemical engineering at MIT in 1992. He was National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director from 2005-2007 and currently serves as an NSF external expert in resilient infrastructure systems. He co-chaired the 2013 American Chemistry Society Green Chemistry Conference. In December 2013 he was appointed Associate Director of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute and in 2014 as Associate Director of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute to help

develop programs in chemicals and fuels. His research interests are in process and sustainable systems engineering. He has current projects in lignocellulosic pretreatment process invention, DoE-sponsored carbon dioxide capture from flue gas streams and bio-based chemical process design sponsored by NSF.

Bailey Risteen

Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE • Georgia Tech Bailey Risteen received her bachelor’s degree with “highest distinction” in Chemical Engineering (with a Materials Science minor) from University of Virginia is a Paper Science and Engineering graduate and is currently pursuing her doctorate under the direction of Professors Elsa Reichmanis and Paul Russo with her thesis entitled “Protein-assisted processing of semiconducting polymers for flexible electronics.” Her research focus is new materials or products. She served as an undergraduate research assistant while at UV and completed a research and development internship with Sandia National Laboratories, Materials Reliability Department.

Meisha L. Shofner

Associate Professor, MSE • Georgia Tech Associate Director • RBI 404.385.7216 • Meisha L. Shofner is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, joining the faculty following post-doctoral training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rice University. At Georgia Tech, Shofner’s research focuses on designing hierarchically structured polymeric materials for structural and functional applications through approaches such as novel processing, polymer crystallization and nanoparticle assembly and templating. In her current research, these methods have been employed preferentially to biobased materials. Shofner’s research has been recognized with the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associate Universities and the Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award.

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David Sholl

School Chair, John F. Brock III School Chair ChBE • Georgia Tech Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair GRA Eminent Scholar of Energy Sustainability 404.894.2822 • Prior to his appointment at Georgia Tech, David Sholl was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University for 10 years. David grew up in Australia and received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics from the Australian National University. He then received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he worked with Rex Skodje from the Department of Chemistry. His research group has published in the areas of computational materials modeling, porous materials for carbon capture applications, membranes for gas separations and heterogeneous catalysis. He has published more than 220 papers with more than 7,000 citations and has given more than 160 invited conference talks and seminars. He is currently a senior editor for Langmuir (an American Chemical Society journal) and chair of the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has served as the research and thesis advisor to more than 80 students at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

Carsten Sievers

Assistant Professor, ChBE • Georgia Tech 404.385.7685 • Carsten Sievers, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, joined the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. His research group provides insight into surface interaction involving biomassderived oxygenates and develops catalytic processes for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. Specific foci are on the stability and reactivity of solid catalysts in aqueous phase, applied spectroscopy, surface reactions of oxygenates in water, physicochemical characterization of solid materials, synthesis of well-defined catalysts, mechanocatalysis, methane conversion, depolymerization of biomass, pyrolysis and gasification. Sievers is President of the Southeastern Catalysis Society, former Program Chair of the ACS Division of Catalysis Science and Technology and Editor of Applied Catalysis A: General.

Preet M. Singh

Professor, MSE • Georgia Tech 404.894.6641 • Preet M. Singh is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research is focused on the fundamental understanding of the environmental degradation of material properties, especially for metals and alloys, and their protection. His research work is related to the corrosion and SCC problems in the pulp and paper industry, bio-fuels, the energy industry, transportation infrastructure and nuclear industry. Singh has published more than 175 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is an active member of NACE, ASM, TMS, AIST and ACerS. Singh is Fellow of NACE International as well as ASM-International.

Jungseob So

Ph.D. Candidate, ChBE • Georgia Tech Jungseob So received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is currently a member of a research group led by one of his advisors, Carsten Sievers, and works on improving the activity and selectivity of solid catalysts for the production of lactic acid based on a detailed understanding of the surface chemistry and DFT calculation for prediction of adsorption geometries and vibrational frequency. His research focus is biorefining and his thesis topic is “Production of lactic acid from monosaccharides over solid catalysts.” Dr. David Sholl is also an advisor.

Natalie Stingelin

Professor, ChBE, MSE • Georgia Tech 404.894.5192 • Previously a Professor of Organic Functional Materials at the Department of Materials, Imperial College of London, Natalie Stingelin joined Georgia Tech in 2016. She focuses her research on the broad field of organic functional materials, including organic electronics; multifunctional inorganic/organic hybrids; smart, advanced optical systems based on organic matter; and bioelectronics. Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry, she has published more than 130 papers and six issued patents. She is a co-investigator of the newly established EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics and

she leads the EC Marie-Curie Training Network “INFORM” that involves 11 European partners. She was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining's Rosenhain Medal and Prize in 2014 and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) Award for Visiting Scientists in 2015.

David B. Turpin

Executive Director • Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance 202.463.2742 • David B. Turpin is Executive Director of the forest products industry’s Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, an industry led consortium that promotes development of advanced technologies for the pulp and paper industry. Turpin oversees identification of the industry’s technology research priorities and development of strategies to address them, building partnerships and identifying potential funding sources. Prior to joining Agenda 2020 in 2014, he served for more than 25 years with MeadWestvaco and its predecessor, Mead Corporation. Most recently with MeadWestvaco, he was Vice President/Innovation Systems and prior to that served as Vice President/Packaging Materials and Processing. He received his bachelor’s degree in Paper Science from North Carolina State University.

John D. Williams

President, CEO • Domtar John D. Williams has been President and CEO of Domtar since January 2009 and is also a member of its Board of Directors. He has more than 30 years of experience in both consumer products and packaging. He began his career in consumer product sales in 1976, gaining insight into key market dynamics in the U.K. and the U.S. In 1988, he became European Managing Director of Sweetheart International, a major food packaging and food service business, where he cultivated a customer-driven market view and contributed to record profit and sales growth. In 1992, the company was acquired by the Finnish conglomerate, Huhtamaki. Williams was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Group President of the packaging business (Polarcup), one of the company’s core divisions. He continued this professional journey to Rexam, the world’s second largest consumer packaging group followed by SCA Packaging, a business group of the global consumer goods and paper giant, SCA. He is Lead Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Owens Corning; Chair of the advisory board of the Stern Center for Sustainable Business at New York University; past Chairman of the Paper and Packaging Board (the Paper Check-off); and past Chairman of the Board for the American Forest & Paper Association. In 2010, he was named North American CEO of the Year by RISI, as well as Global CEO of the Year by Pulp & Paper International.

Gaoxiang “Garret” Wu

Ph.D. Candidate, MSE • Georgia Tech Garret Wu received his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2011. He completed internships at Colorado School of Mines in 2013 and Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2012. His current project, “Effect of strain on passivation and corrosion behavior of duplex stainless steels,” is under the advisement of Professor Preet Singh. Since 2014, he has participated in a co-op with Novelis, the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum, where he has worked in a multidisciplinary surface analysis group; applied electrochemical techniques, such as cyclic polarization; and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) to assess susceptibilities of various aluminum products.

Yuanzheng Zhu

Ph.D. Candidate, ME • Georgia Tech Yuanzheng Zhu received his bachelor’s degree in Energy and Environmental Science from Zhejiang University, China, and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. His research interests include pulp and paper manufacturing, fluid dynamic, Lattice-Boltzmann (LB) method, thermodynamic and particle measurement. He is currently a research assistant on a project entitled “Direct numerical simulation of suspension hydrodynamics with LB method applied and pulp & paper industry,” under the guidance of Dr. Cyrus Aidun.


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The world has made significant technological advances in recent decades — and will push even further by 2030. Today, many of these advances are focused on products and processes leading to more sustainable practices across a spectrum of areas. With the development of each new generation, the Renewable Bioproducts Institute answers the call to make these products more durable, reliable, lighter and temperature resistant with raw, renewable materials.

In the pulp and paper arena, we continue to dig deeper into energy conserving recovery technologies, producing value-added products from lignin in order to move from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy. Our work is revolutionizing the world of advanced packaging through barrier coating technologies, printed electronics, sensors and 4D structures. These innovative solutions can change our world, improving the transport of food and supplies, creating new energy and storage systems and developing biodegradable electronic systems. Biomaterials have become more widely available in the past 10 years, spurring increased research activity and targeting exciting applications. Thus, much of our research focuses on understanding how to use nanocellulose effectively. Depending on the source (wood or other biomass) and production method, several structural forms of nanocellulose are being used in a variety of bioproducts, including composite materials, low-cost carbon fibers, barrier films, aerogels, materials for 3-D printing and coatings.

Beyond bioproducts, we are examining how the inclusion of bio-based materials can be a platform for tailoring product performance. RBI is well positioned to support industry partners looking at higher performing functional packaging to address consumer expectations and evolving societal needs.

Our focus on lignin and cellulose is reaching new levels of understanding and innovation. Fundamental research is enabling the engineering of new enzymes that can more effectively (and efficiently) convert biomass into sugars and other valued chemicals. Research at the cellular level is driving advances in biofuels and biochemicals.

Biorefining research is expanding in a variety of areas using sustainable processing of biomass. The spectrum of bio-based products — such as food, feed, chemicals and materials — and bioenergy — such as biofuels, power and heat — is growing. Researchers are working to bridge the gap between academic research on small-scale reactions with pure reactants and economically viable, large-scale industrial processes for the conversion of real biomass.

Through Georgia Tech’s innovation ecosystem and our close collaboration with the Office of Industry, we are opening new avenues for industry who look to us to capture and implement these new technologies for real manufacturing improvement and market expansion.

Advances in Biochemical Production

• Ya Dong Chiang, Porous materials and processes for DMF/butanol separations, ChBE • Mason Chilmonczyk, Sample preparation micro/nanotechnologies for scanning mass spectrometry imaging of dynamic biochemical events, ME • Xu Du, Low energy catalytic electrolysis for simultaneous hydrogen evolution and lignin depolymerization, ChBE • Nicholas Kruyer, Microbial production of adipic acid from catechol, ChBE • Thomas Kwok, Product-specific organic solvent pretreatments: Effects, recovery and selection, ChBE • Michael Stellato, Production of phenol and catechol from lignin-derived monomers, ChBE

Biocomposites and Nanocellulose

• Huibin Chang, Toward green nanocomposite fibers, MSE • Nathan Ellebracht, Cellulose nanomaterials as alternative organocatalyst supports: Advanced material design with nanocellulose for acid-base catalysis, ChBE • Craig Hamel, 3D printing of epoxy nanocellulose composites, ME • Ejaz Haque, Understanding the interfacial properties of microfibril-coated glass fiber/polyester composites, MSE • Cameron Irvin, Mechanical properties of cellulose nanocrystal and chitin nanofiber poly (vinyl alcohol) composites, MSE • Augustus Lang, Paper-based electrochromic devices incorporating inkjet-printed PEDOT:PSS electrodes, MSE • Felipe Larrain, Printed electronics on advanced cellulosic nanomaterials for smart packaging, MSE • Luc Le, Renewable biopolymer reinforced by nanocellulose crystal for environmental friendly composites, ChBE • Jeffery Luo, Mechanical and thermal properties of polyacrylonitrile/cellulose nanocrystals composite films, MSE

• Matthew Orr, Processing strategies for cellulose nanocrystal/poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) composites, MSE • Ke Qiu, Bio-Inspired, ultra-strong biopolymer-based nanocomposites, MSE • Bailey Risteen, Enhanced alignment of water-soluble polythiophene using cellulose nanocrystals as a liquid crystal template, ChBE • Chinmay Satam, A pathway to sustainable barrier coatings, ChBE • Nikolay Semenikhin, Turning cellulose into gold: Surface functionalization and metallization of cellulosic materials, MSE • Shruti Venkatram, Lignin-containing bi-component fibers, MSE • Jiwoo Yu, Low-cost, large-scale manufacturing of multifunctional porous cellulose/nanoparticle microspheres for water treatment, MSE

Operational Excellence in Advanced Paper & Packaging

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• Aydin Bedi Baykal, Erosion-corrosion: Flow effects on the durability of steel, MSE • Xiaotang Du, Enhanced contaminant removal for paper recycling by absorption deinking and oil-coated bubbles flotation, ChBE • Michael Dutzer, Residual metal control in titanium carbide-derived carbon and the effects of various acidic environments, ChBE • Kasey Hanson, Corrosion behavior of selected alloys in kraft recovery boiler superheater environments, MSE • Liang He, Localized corrosion behavior of duplex stainless steel in paper machine white water environment, MSE • Chad Hume, Design and manufacture of press fabric structures for improved dewatering, ME • Lu Jiang, Two-step process to create “roll-off” non-wetting paper surfaces, ChBE • Yi Li, Vapor-phase modification of paper and nanocellulose, MSE • Yoon Joo Na, Strain field mining of cyclic damage accumulation in paper, MSE • Songcheng Wang, Application of oil-coated bubbles in deinking process, ChBE • Gaoxiang “Garret” Wu, Effect of cold-work on repassivation and corrosion behaviors of carbon steel A569, MSE • Yuanzheng Zhu, Crystal particle adhesion to surfaces in black liquor evaporators, ME

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How do we address tomorrow’s most daunting challenges and greatest opportunities? With big ideas.

At the Renewable Bioproducts Institute, some of the brightest minds in science are turning those ideas into results, producing the most promising research in renewable raw materials — advancements with the potential to play a crucial role in our 21st century global economy.

That’s nothing new. Nearly 90 years ago, the Institute of Paper Chemistry empowered scientists and researchers to change an industry — and our world. The legacy of that transformation continues today. In every decade, and in every incarnation, this institute has maintained a commitment to pushing the limits of science and technology and encouraging creative thinking and big ideas. In the past five years alone, RBI researchers have published nearly 300 refereed journal articles. By bringing together a mix of researchers — spanning colleges, departments and individual labs — around this area of raw renewables, we can connect and utilize a large portfolio of basic and applied research programs.

New platforms such as biodiesel, direct generation of power from biomass, energy-efficient solar cells made of renewable biomaterials and nanocellulose applications in the automotive and aerospace industries are creating next-generation pathways to new opportunities.

This work lands squarely within Georgia Tech’s unique innovation ecosystem, which brings a diverse set of stakeholders to the table — education, research, industry and government. These stakeholders are drawn by the intense focus on creating transformative opportunities, strengthening collaborative partnerships and positively impacting the economy and society. These partnerships give us the opportunity to take our big ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.

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The Idea that Changed the World


aper is such a natural part of our daily lives that we can sometimes forget just how much we rely on this essential, renewable and evolving resource. Few things in life are as versatile, reliable and practical as paper. Be it a carrier, barrier or filter; be it opaque, translucent or transparent, life cannot be imagined without paper. The idea of paper stretches back to ancient Egypt in the third millennium BC. But paper as we know it traces its roots to China at the beginning of the first millennium AD. The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking celebrates the history of this remarkable discovery — its collection of watermarks, papers and manuscripts is the most comprehensive in the world — and gives visitors of all ages a hands-on experience that connects them to this nearly 1,900-year-old idea and its impact on every aspect of society since that time.


In 2016, more than 10,000 individuals participated in one of the more than 150 programs sponsored by the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. Through these programs, thousands of students experience papermaking first hand and learn the endless ways paper impacts each of their lives every day. The museum also provides STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning opportunities to school groups in a variety of ways. As students are walked through the history of papermaking, concepts such as the use of natural resources, the scientific method and problem solving are introduced. By blending concepts of history, science and art through the lens of paper, students can begin to see these subjects are closely intertwined. Content-specific programs for Georgia Tech classes are developed as well through a collaborative partnership between the museum and faculty. Museum Director • Teri Williams Phone: 404-894-7840 • Education Curator • Virginia Howell Phone: 404-894-5726 •

Established in 1936 by paper historian Dard Hunter, the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking contains the most comprehensive collection of paper and paper-related artifacts in the world. The collection traces the evolution of communication and showcases paper’s contributions to civilization. An internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology, the museum features a remarkable collection of more than 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools and manuscripts. The museum is housed in the Paper Tricentennial Building and is partially funded by the Renewable Bioproducts Institute.

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Manali Banerjee Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 901 Atlantic Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30318 281.660.5521

Lori Brown Director, Corporate Relations, Georgia Tech 177 North Ave., NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.7488

John Gast Senior Research Fellow, Solenis LLC 500 Hercules Rd. Wilmington DE 19808 302.440.1244

Dennis Hess Professor, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.5922

Sven Behrens Associate Professor, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.432.0156

Mark Cannatelli Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech Atlanta GA 30332 404.398.9044

Yutao Gong Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech 778 Atlantic Dr. N.W. Atlanta GA 30332 814.873.4074

Jeff Hsieh Professor, Georgia Tech Ferst Drive Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.3556

Gopal Goyal Chief Scientist, International Paper 6283 Tri-Ridge Blvd. Loveland OH 45140 513.248.6415

Chad Hume Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 813 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 484.639.2783

Ross Gray Director, RD&E, Nalco Water 1601 W. Diehl Rd. Naperville IL 60563 630.305.2208

Sean Ireland VP Business Development FiberLean Technologies Ltd. Advanced Composites Center 35 Flagstaff Road, Room 238 Orono ME 04416 207.944.3267

Dean Benjamin Director, Product Development, Verso Corp 300 N Biron Dr. Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494 715.422.7401 Kathleen Bennett Principal, Bennett Consulting, LLC 1027 Pintail Point Anderson SC 29626 864.332.6693 Victor Breedveld Associate Professor, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.313.2155 Jonathann Brown Marketing-Utilization Specialist, Georgia Forestry Commission 56 New Hope Rd. Canon GA 30520 478.297.2112

Beth Cormier VP- R&D, Innovation, Sappi 255 State St. Boston MA 02109 617.423.5441 Grant Culbertson Sr. Associate Innovation, Georgia-Pacific 129 Norwood Ave. Atlanta GA 30317 404.245.7616 Yulin Deng Professor, Georgia Tech 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30318 404.894.5759 Xiaotang Du Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech 778 Atlantic Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.333.4628 Michael Dutzer Graduate Student, Georgia Tech 778 Atlantic Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 757.469.2686

Cliff Eberle Director, Materials & Processing Technology Area IACMI-The Composites Institute 2360 Cherahala Blvd. Knoxville TN 37932 865.574.0302 Martha Edwards North American Accounts Manager Imerys Fiberlean, Imerys Minerals Suite 300 - 100 Mansell Court East Roswell GA 30076 250.954.9674 Nathan Ellebracht Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.2371

Jeffrey Foote EVP, Sustainability, TreeZero 4401 Northside Pkwy., Suite 390 Atlanta GA 30327 770.925.5321 Jeff Fulgham SVP & CMO, Solenis 3 Beaver Valley Rd. Wilmington DE 19803 302.332.6696 Mike Gallman Senior VP Commercial Product, Mohawk Industries, Inc 160 South Industrial Blvd. Calhoun GA 30701 706.624.2176 Hamid Garmestani Professor, Georgia Tech 771 Ferst Dr. NW, #361 Atlanta GA 30332 404 385.4495

Craig Hamel Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 1258 Lyle Place NW Atlanta GA 30318 973.787.4550 Ejaz Haque Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 813 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 650.291.8383 Danny Haynes Common Application Team Leader, AkzoNobel 1850 Parkway Place, Suite 1200 Marietta GA 30062 770.321.4107

David Jackson Consultant, Materials/Process Connexxions Sandridge Court Alpharetta GA 30022 678.524.6530 Lu Jiang Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 612.963.1631

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Zhihua Jiang Director, Assistant Professor AC-PABE, Auburn University 356 Ross Hall Auburn University Auburn AL 36849 334.844.7829 Roger Jiao Associate Professor, Georgia Tech 813 Ferst Dr. Atalnta GA 30332 404.894.9633 Kyriaki Kalaitzidou Associate Professor, Georgia Tech 813 Ferst Dr. Atlanta GA 30318 404.385.3446 Surya Kalidindi Professor, Georgia Tech 801 Ferst Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.2886 Muthukumar Karuppan Post Doctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 470.257.7138 Jackie Killings Sr Manager R&D, Mohawk Industries, Inc 508 E. Morris St. Dalton GA 30720 706.272.1820

Thomas Kindler Operations Leader, Renmatix 1640 Airport Rd., Suite 108 Kennesaw GA 30144 484.751.4151

Chris Luettgen Associate Director, RBI, Georgia Tech 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 770.231.7088

Christopher Muhlstein Associate Professor, Georgia Tech 771 Ferst Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.1235

Vesa Pylkkanen CTO, American Process Inc. 750 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta GA 30308 404.872.8807

Chinmay Satam Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.786.2565

Bernard Kippelen Professor, Georgia Tech 777 Atlantic Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.5163

Tony Lyons Director of R&D, Imerys Kaolin 618 Kaolin Rd. Sandersville GA 31082 478.747.1276

Kim Nelson VP Nanocellulose, American Process Inc. 750 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta GA 30308 404.931.9109

Jerry Qi Professor, Georgia Tech 500 10th St. Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.2457

Ken Schelling Director, Technology and Innovation, Turners Falls Paper 36 Canal Rd. Turners Falls MA 01376 413.863.4326

Nick Kruyer Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech 901 Atlantic Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30318 910.603.9844

Norman Marsolan Director, RBI, Georgia Tech 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.2082

Matthew Orr Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 778 Atlantic Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 678.516.4107

Shri Ramaswamy Professor & Dept. Head, University of Minnesota 209 Kaufert Lab, 2004 Folwell Ave. St. Paul MN 55108 612.624.8797

Thomas Kwok Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30318 415.971.2317

David McDowell Director, Institute for Materials, Georgia Tech 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.5128

Steven Parker VP - Research, Development & Technical Services WestRock 501 S. 5th St. Richmond VA 23219 804.444.7096

Fereshteh Rashidi Research Engineer II, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332

Gus Lang Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech 901 Atlantic Dr. Atlanta GA 30322 303.590.4616

A.J. Medford Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.5531

Vincent Li Graduate Researcher, Georgia Tech North Avenue NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.2000

Carson Meredith Professor, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.422.5913

Yi Li Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech 100 10t h St. NW, Room 305 Atlanta GA 30309 404.245.3007

Robert Moon Mat. Research Engineer, U.S.-Forest Service 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.1026

Stan Parton Manager Bioenergy & Biochemical Practice Forest2Market 15720 Brixham Hill Ave., Suite 550 Charlotte NC 28277 770.925.8349 Fritz Paulsen R&D Manager, KapStone Paper & Packaging 5600 Virginia Ave. North Charleston SC 29406 843.745.3102

John Reynolds Professor, Georgia Tech Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.4390 Alan Rudie Supervisory Chemist USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory One Gifford Pinchot Dr. Madison WI 53726 608.231.9496 Paul Russo Professor, Georgia Tech 3508 MRDC Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.2607

Nikolay Semenikhin Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 901 Atlantic Dr. Atlanta GA 30318 404.644.5046 Subrata Sen Director, Technology Innovation, Georgia-Pacific 133 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta GA 30303 404.652.6561 Kamal Sewell Student, Georgia Tech 186 Northside Dr. Atlanta GA 30303 404.493.8663 Vinoo Sharma Director, Materials Innovation, Invista 175 Townpark Dr., Suite 200 Kennesaw, GA 30144 770.420.7737 Meisha Shofner Associate Professor, Georgia Tech Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.7216

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Carsten Sievers Associate Professor, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.7685 Scott Sinquefield Senior Research Engineer, RBI, Georgia Tech 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.0241 Kelly Smith Manager, Marketing-Communication, RBI Georgia Tech 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.6700

Ken Stewart Senior Advisor for Industry Strategy, Georgia Tech 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.242.0622 Bertil Stromberg Vice President, BioRefinery, Andritz 13 Pryun Island Dr. Glens Falls NY 12801 518.745.2975 Alex Taylor Lead Process Engineer, Renmatix 1640 Airport Rd., Suite 108 Kennesaw GA 30144 484.751.4156

Jungseob So Research Assitant, Georgia Tech 500 10th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.5700

Valerie Thomas Professor, Georgia Tech 765 Ferst Dr. Atlanta GA 30332 404.385.7254

Jake Soper Associate Professor, Georgia Tech 901 Atlantic Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.894.4022

Trevor Treasure R&D Engineer, Eastman Chemical Company 100 N Eastman Rd. Kingsport TN 37660 423.229.5979

Michael Stellato Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 774.929.5723

David Turpin Executive Director, Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance 1101 K St. NW, Suite 700 Washington DC 20005 740.649.2307

Chris Verrill Engineering Fellow, International Paper 4341 Gunnin Rd. Peachtree Corners GA 30092 404.783.6597

First Floor

Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

Don Waldroup Senior Research Manager, Kimberly-Clark 1400 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Roswell GA 30076 770.587.8092 Songcheng Wang Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech 311 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30332 404.414.5812 John Williams President and CEO, Domtar 234 Kingsley Park Dr. Fort Mill SC 29715 803.802.8180 Jiwoo Yu Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech Atlanta GA 30318 217.305.1191

Lunch Tuesday March 7, 2017

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Second Floor Meeting Rooms

Entrance from Car Park Restrooms

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2017 RBI Annual Executive Conference • Questions & Wi-Fi

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Questions? Please contact:

Kelly B. Smith • Marketing and Communication • (o) 404.894.6700 (c) 312.391.2428 Dione Morton • Administrative Office of the Executive Director • 404.894.9550

Wi-Fi Information: Network: GT Visitor

When logging in for the first time, select Hotel Users and Prepaid Pass. Type in your email address and any password of your choosing. Use code X7F86. (The Global Learning Center asks that our participants not use hot spots as they may interfere with the GT Visitor wireless access points.)

We extend our special thanks to our member companies. Their engagement makes possible the advancement of our research, our programs and our students.

Your Gifts

RBI is at the forefront in educating future leaders of the industry and cultivating the brightest minds by providing an ecosystem in which to find solutions to the most complex and challenging issues facing the bioeconomy. The support of our member companies, alumni and friends has allowed RBI to create an interdisciplinary engine that drives our success as the premier institute for advanced research in the area of renewables. We invite you to be a part of this process by giving to RBI. Your gift will contribute to today’s pioneers in renewable research. To give a gift by check, make your check payable to the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. State your intent to benefit the Renewable Bioproducts Institute by listing our name in the memo line of your check. Gifts may be mailed to: Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. 760 Spring St., N.W. Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30308 To make a gift using a credit card, please contact Tisha Roberson in the Office of Development Gift Accounting at 404.894.2985. For more information, please visit

Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI-GT) Antitrust Notice Guidelines for Meetings As required by law as well as RBI-GT bylaws, Appendix II, neither Georgia Tech’s Renewable Bioproducts Institute nor any committee or activity of RBI-GT shall be used for or include discussions for the purpose of bringing about or attempting to bring about any understanding or agreement, written or oral, formal or informal, expressed or implied, among competitors with regard to prices, terms or conditions of sale, distribution, volume of production, or allocation of territories, customers, or suppliers. No RBI-GT activity shall involve exchange or collection and dissemination among competitors of any information regarding prices, pricing methods, costs of production, sales, marketing, or distribution.

RBI membership options include full participation, directed research and consortium membership. For more information, please contact RBI Executive Director Norman F. Marsolan at 404.894.2082 or

Neither RBI-GT nor any committee thereof shall make any effort to bring about the standardization of any product for the purpose of or with the effect of preventing the manufacture or sale of any product not conforming to a specified standard. RBI-GT does not become involved in or establish any product standards and is precluded from endorsing any product or process. The above described discussions and/or actions are expressly prohibited and shall not be permitted. Rev. 1/2015

2017 RBI Executive Conference Program  

2017 RBI Executive Conference Program

2017 RBI Executive Conference Program  

2017 RBI Executive Conference Program