People

Principal Investigator

Dr. Emily D. Cranston
Associate Professor
Department of Wood Science,
and Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
University of British Columbia, Canada

Office: FSC 4036
Phone: 604-827-0627
Email: emily.cranston@ubc.ca

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Elisa Ferreira
Post-Doctoral Fellow
PhD Physical Chemistry
UNICAMP, Brazil (2020)

Lightweight bulky fibre-based materials

Marcus Johns
Post-Doctoral Fellow
PhD Chemical Engineering
University of Bath, UK (2017)

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Autofluorescence of cellulose nanomaterials & enzymatic synthesis of polysaccharides

Elina Niinivaara
Post-Doctoral Fellow
DSc (Tech.) Bioproduct Technology
Aalto University, Finland (2016)

Office: FSC 4031

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Tuning cellulose-water interactions using designer oligosaccharides

UBC Graduate Students

Julia Antoniw
MSc Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Office: TBD

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Incorporation of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals in latex-based pressure sensitive adhesives

Madeleine Hallman

Madeleine Hallman
MASc Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Office: TBD

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Carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals as rheological modifiers and lubricants

Erik Joy
MASc Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Office: TBD

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New production routes for CNCs and their biocompatibility

Cameron King

Cameron King
MSc Student
Wood Science

Office: 4301

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Surface modification of cellulose nanocrystals through controlled precipitation

Marc Massicotte
MASc Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Office: TBD

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Spray drying and fibre spinning multiphase nanocellulose formulations

McMaster Graduate Students

Myla Manser
MASc Student
Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Michael Thompson

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Thermally stable powders containing viral vectors for vaccines

Varsha Singh
PhD Student
Chemical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Michael Thompson

Engineering spray-dried vaccines for enhancement in inhalation delivery

Undergraduate and Co-op Students

Jude Abu-Namous

Jude Abu-Namous
NSERC USRA Researcher, Chemical & Biological Engineering
UBC, Canada

Currently: Research Assistant at UBC

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Effect of sulfate content on autofluorescence of nanocellulose

Recent Cranston Group Alumni

Glen Aggiss
Summer Researcher (2019)
UBC, Canada

Currently: HATCH Ltd.

Elisa Ferreira
Visiting PhD Student (2018-2019)
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: PhD Candidate, Unicamp, Brazil

Kevin De France
PhD (2014-2019)
(Dr. Hoare and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Postdoctoral researcher, Empa, Switzerland

Gwendoline Delepierre
Visiting PhD Student (2019-2020)
Chemistry, Adolphe Merkle Institute
Cosupervisors: Justin Zoppe/Christophe Weder

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Symmetric and asymmetric cellulose nanocrystals

Urooj Gill
MSc (2015-2017)
(Dr. Moran-Mirabal and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Biology
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Piramal Healthcare Ltd.

Zhen (Justin) Hu
PhD (2011-2015)
(Dr. Pelton and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Anomera Inc.

Stephanie Kedzior
PhD (2013-2017)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Calgary, Canada

Michael Kiriakou
MASc Student (2018-2020)
Chemical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Todd Hoare

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Improving CNC compatibility for latex synthesis though controlled radical polymerization

Currently: Anomera Inc.

Dan LeClair
MASc (2013-2016)
(Dr. Thompson and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
McMaster University, Canada

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Currently: Pfizer

Daniel Levin
Co-op Student (2017-2018)
(Dr. Moran-Mirabal and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Biology
McMaster University, Canada

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Currently: Medical School, McMaster

Xiran Li
BSc Researcher (2019-2020)
Food Science, UBC
Cosupervisor: John Frostad

Characterization of interfacial activity and stability of CNC stabilized emulsions

Currently: Graduate Student, UC Davis

Lingli (Lily) Liu
Visiting PhD Student (2016-2018)
McMaster University, Canada

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Heera Marway
MASc (2014-2016)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Research Engineer in MMRI, McMaster

Blair Morgan
PhD (2016-2021)
Chemical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Michael Thompson

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Thermally stable powders containing viral vectors for vaccines

Currently: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Tyler Or
Summer and Thesis Student (2016-2018)
(Dr. Moran-Mirabal and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Biology
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Graduate Studies, Waterloo

Daniel Osorio
PhD (2018-2021)
Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC
Cosupervisor: Charles De Lannoy

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Multiscale mechanical testing of CNC nanocomposites

Cynthia Pham
BEng BioSciences Student (Level IV)
Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: John Frostad

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Nanocellulose emulsion processing

Michael Reid
PhD (2013-2017)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Postdoctoral researcher, KTH, Sweden

Taylor Stimpson
MASc (2018-2020)
Chemical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Jose Moran-Mirabal

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Structure-function relationships of plant cell wall components

Currently: Research associate at erthos – plant powered for our planet

Steven Toniolo
MSc (2016-2018)
(Dr. Thompson and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering,
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Zimmark Inc.

Oriana Vanderfleet
PhD Student (2016-2021)
Chemical Engineering, McMaster

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Understanding and improving thermal stability of CNCs

Currently: Natural Resources Canada

Jaclyn Winitsky
B.BME.Eng Researcher (2019-2020)
Engineering Physics & Biomedical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Kathryn Grandfield

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Nanocellulose bone implants

Current Collaborators outside UBC

Tiffany Abitbol
Senior Researcher
Nanocellulose Fundamentals and Applications
RISE Bioeconomy, Sweden

www.ri.se/en/tiffany-abitbol

Charles De Lannoy
Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering
Environmental Applications of Nanomaterials
McMaster University, Canada

www.delannoylab.com/

Marc A. Dubé
Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Polymer Reaction Engineering
University of Ottawa, Canada

https://profs.engineering.uottawa.ca/dube/

John Frostad
Assistant Professor
Chemical & Biological Engineering and Food Science
Interfacial Phenomena & Functional Foods
UBC, Canada

food.chbe.ubc.ca/

Todd Hoare
Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
Engineered Smart Materials
McMaster University, Canada

hoarelab.mcmaster.ca/

Eero Kontturi
Associate Professor
Bioproducts and Biosystems
Nanocellulose
Aalto University, Finland

www.aalto.fi/en/people/eero-kontturi

Jose M. Moran-Mirabal
Associate Professor
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Micro and Nanostructured Environments
McMaster University, Canada

www.chemistry.mcmaster.ca/moran-mirabal/

Camila Rezende
Associate Professor
Chemistry
Fibre Technology and Biomass Fractionation
Unicamp, Brazil

iqm.unicamp.br/institucional-departamentos/camila-alves-de-rezende

Michael R. Thompson
Professor
Chemical Engineering
Polymer, Particle & Pharmaceutial Processing
McMaster University, Canada

www.eng.mcmaster.ca/people/faculty/michael-thompson

Jaana Vapaavuori
Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Materials Science
Functional Nanomaterials
Aalto University, Finland

www.aalto.fi/en/department-of-chemistry-and-materials-science