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Emily Cranston

President’s Excellence Chair in Forest Bioproducts, Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering, Wood Science
Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Forestry

Emily and her team are designing high-performance materials to replace those that are based on non-renewable resources by learning from nature and using bio-based components. Their current focus is on the production, functionalization and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals aimed at tailoring interfacial properties for nano-enhanced and nano-enabled bioproducts. The Cranston group pioneered networked hybrid cellulose nanocrystal materials for energy production/storage, water purification and muscle/bone regeneration as well as co-stabilized foams, emulsions and latexes for enhanced food, drug, paint, and adhesive applications.