, Volume 46, Issue 6, pp 1017-1019
Date: 04 Oct 2012

IAWS PhD Prize

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The winners of this year’s prize were announced in the last issue of Wood Science and Technology. Gold medal winner, Houssine Sehaqui, will be presenting his work at the Academy meeting in Zvolen, where he will receive his award. The full abstract of the winner’s thesis is presented below, together with condensed abstracts of the theses of the second- and third-place winners.

Materials based on nano-fibrillated cellulose—Houssine Sehaqui

Nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) from wood is an interesting material constituent of high strength and high aspect ratio, which easily forms networks through interfibril secondary bonding including hydrogen bonds. This has been exploited in preparation of new materials, which extend the range of properties for existing cellulosic materials. The objective is to explore processing–structure and structure–property relationships in NFC materials.

Dense networks of NFC referred to as “nanopaper” having a random-in-the-plane orientation of the fibrils have been