Sustainable Materials Research Summit 2024
SMART 2024 will only be held in-person with no online/remote presentations or participation
Wednesday, 21 August 2024

17:00 Finger foods and beverage options to be provided

Thursday, 22 August 2024

8:00 Registration open

9:00 Welcome (Kirsi Mikkonen and Orlando Rojas)

9:10 Hongmei Gu (US Department of Agriculture)

Life cycle assessement (LCA) of lignocellulosic material and the effect of biodiversity

9:35 Mari Kallioinen (LUT University, Finland)

Valorization of side streams

10:00 Joseph Samec (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Lignin valorization towards a real biomass feedstock

Coffee break

10:20 Monika Österberg (Aalto University, Finland)

Development of new sustainable materials using polymers derived from lignin, cellulose and hemicelluloses

10:45 Yuanyuan Li (KTH, Sweden)

Wood biocomposites as functional materials

11:10 Alain Dufresne (Grenoble INP, France)

Processing of cellulose reinforced polymer nanocomposites

11:35 Mario Culebras Rubio (University of Valencia, Spain)

Lignin micro/nanoparticles for the  encapsulation of agrochemical products

12:00 Lunch – buffet served upstairs

13:00 Yoshiharu Nishiyama (CNRS, France)

Crystallography of polysaccharides: Current state and challenges

13:25 Hugh O´Neill (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)

Neutron scattering techniques

13:50 Jakob Wohlert (KTH, Sweden)

Simulation of water, hydrogen bonding in cellulose

13:50 Alistair King (VTT - Finland)



Coffee break

15:10 Lennart Bergstrom (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Bio-based and waste-based materials

15:35 Svitlana Filonenko (MPI, Germany)

Sustainable Solvents for Green Processes

16:00 Posters and refreshments

18:30 Evening: Networking dinner

Friday, 23 August 2024

9:00 Ilkka Kilpeläinen (UH, Finland)

Ionic liquids

9:25 Kai Zhang (University of Göttingen, Germany)

Wood technology and wood-based Composites

9:50 Jaana Vapaavuori (Aalto - Finland)


Coffee break

10:35 Maurice Collins (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Biobased polymers for biomedical applications

11:00 Irina Smirnova (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany)

Biomedical applications of aerogels

11:25 TBD


12:00 Lunch – buffet served upstairs

13:00 Spinnova (Shahriare Mahmood)

13:15 LignoPure (Wienke Reynolds)

13:30 Panel Discussion - Research and innovation to tackle sustainability challenges

Panel: Shahriare Mahmood, Wienke Reynolds, Orlando Rojas

14:00 Posters and refreshments

15:30 Address from conference organizing team

15:40 Poster Award - Organizing committee

15:50 Announcement of the next conference – Liangbing Hu

16:00 Closing remarks – Kirsi Mikkonen