Emily Cranston

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UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Forest Bioproducts

Office: Forestry 4036
Email: emily.cranston@ubc.ca
Website: cranstongroup.forestry.ubc.ca

Research Summary

Nanocellulose, Sustainable Nanocomposites and Hybrid Materials, Surface Functionalization of Lignocellulosics


McGill University, 2008, Ph.D.
McGill University, 2001, B.Sc., Honours

Research interests + projects

Designing and characterizing innovative bio-based nanocomposites and bio-inspired materials

Exploring the applications of cellulose nanocrystals, cellulose nanofibrils and biopolymers in novel devices and products through interdisciplinary research

Measuring surface forces, morphology and tribology through advanced microscopy

Characterizing soft matter coatings, gels and emulsions using reflectivity and adsorption techniques

Extending state-of-the-art nano-testing tools and analyses to investigate new phenomena

Ensuring knowledge translation through high-impact publications and intellectual property

Collaborative Areas:

Academic: Biomedicine, Biomass-Enzyme Interactions, Energy Storage, Nan-device Fabrication, Polymer Processing/Self-Assembly/Reaction Engineering, Pulp & Paper, Wastewater Treatment

Industrial: Chemicals, Cosmetics, Engineering Solutions, Food, Household Products, Nanocellulose Production, Oil & Gas, Particles & Coatings, Plastics, Polymer Processing, Pulp & paper

Awards and honours

KINGFA Young Investigator’s Award, American Chemical Society’s Cellulose & Renewable Materials division, 2016
Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer, American Chemical Society and the Kavli Foundation, 2018
E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship (NSERC), 2021
TAPPI Nanotechnology Division Technical Award, 2021
Society of Chemical Industries of Canada, LeSueur Award, 2021
TAPPI Nanotechnology Division Leadership and Service Award, 2023
Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, 2023

Scholarly and professional activities + affiliations

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry
American Chemical Society
Chemical Institute of Canada
Canadian Society for Chemistry

Full Publications Link

Selected publications + presentations

2024 Vancouver Institute Lecture recording

Antoniw, J.M. Hallman, .T. Kiriakou, M.V. Morse, T. Cranston, E.D. Colloidal Stability Window for Carboxylated Cellulose Nanocrystals: Considerations for Handling, Characterization, and Formulation. Langmuir, 39, 10321-10334, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.3c00319

Vanderfleet, O.M., Cranston, E.D. Production Routes to Tailor the Performance of Cellulose Nanocrystals. Nature Reviews Materials, 6, 124–144, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41578-020-00239-y

Delepierre, G., Vanderfleet, O.M., Niinivaara, E., Zakani, B., Cranston, E.D. Benchmarking Cellulose Nanocrystals Part II: New Industrially Produced Materials. Langmuir 27 (28), 8393-8409, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c00550

Ferreira, E.S., Rezende, C.A., Cranston, E.D. Fundamentals of Cellulose Lightweight Materials: Bio-Based Assemblies with Tailored Properties. Green Chemistry 23, 3542 – 3568, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC00326G

Kedzior, S.A., Gabriel, V., Dubé, M.A., Cranston, E.D. Nanocellulose in Emulsions and Heterogeneous Water-Based Polymer Systems: A Review. Advanced Materials 2002404, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202002404

Yang, X., Shi, K., Zhitomirsky, I., Cranston, E.D. Cellulose Nanocrystal Aerogels as Universal 3D Lightweight Substrates for Supercapacitor Materials. Advanced Materials 27, 6104–6109,2015. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201502284