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20th December 2016, Braga

ICNF 2017 announces new invited speakers

Keynote speakers will include leading industry experts who will explore the main topic in more details. ICNF2017, the third International Conference on Natural Fibers, has extended the deadline for extended abstract submission to 15 January 2017. The event, which will be held in the historical city of Braga, Portugal, from 21-23 June 2017, is inviting candidates to submit their abstracts to present at the event.

Following up the success of ICNF2013 and ICNF2015, covering the topics Sustainable materials for advanced applications and From nature to market, ICNF2017 will focus on Advanced Materials for a Greener World, aiming to explore the potential of natural fibres to build a greener world for the future generations. Speakers will include leading industry experts who will explore the main topic in more details.

New invited speakers

New invited speakers will include Prof Jörg Müssig, University of Applied Sciences, Germany, who will discuss Bio-inspired and bio-based fibre-reinforced composite. Prof Dr Ryszard KozÅlowski, Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Poland,  will present on the topic of Bast Plants – Flax and Hemp Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Dr Rajesh D. Anandjiwala, CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing, South Africa, will explore the topic of Natural Fibres for Technical Applications in Value-added Products. Finally, Dr Henry Yi Li, School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK, will present on Natural Fiber Based Nano Functional Materials and Applications.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers will include Prof Alain Dufresne, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, will present on the topic of Cellulose Nanomaterials and Polymer Nanocomposites. Prof Sabu Thomas, Mahatma Gandhi University, India, will discuss Manufacturing of Nanomaterials from Agro-Wastes and Production of Eco-Friendly Bio-Nanocomposites.

Finally, Alexander Bismarck, Polymer and Composite Engineering Group, Imperial College London, UK, will address the question: Are Hierarchical Composite Structures the Route to Improve Properties of Truly Green Composites?

Natural Fibers Innovation Forum

Moderated by Professor Mario de Araujo, this forum will take place on the second day of the conference and will count on the presence of invited experts and all the participants of ICNF in order to debate the future of natural fibres regarding their advantages and applications for a greener world.

The conference is being organised by the University of Minho, through the Fibrenamics International Platform, and is focused on the latest scientific and technical advances in natural fibres and fibre-based materials, for advanced applications towards a greener world.

The conference will bring together various universities, research and technological centres, companies and all those interested in natural fibres. The conference represents a forum for exchanging ideas, presenting the latest developments and trends, proposing new solutions and promoting international collaborations. Organisers are expecting to attract over 300 participants.

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