Theo G.M. Van De Ven

McGill UniversityCanada

Professor Theo van de Ven holds the Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University. He is an expert in colloid and surface chemistry, both in fundamental aspects and applied to papermaking and cellulosic materials. He has published over 300 scientific papers, a book (“Colloidal Hydrodynamics”, Acad. Press 1989) and several book chapters. He obtained the equivalent of a B.Sc and M.Sc. from the University of Utrecht, Holland, and his PhD from McGill University (1976). Prof. van de Ven holds a Senior NSERC/FP Innovations Industrial Research Chair in “Colloid and Papermaking Chemistry”. He is the Scientific Director of a Strategic NSERC Research Network in “Innovative Green Wood Fiber Products”. Moreover he is the Director of a FQRNT Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS) and the Director of the Pulp and Paper Research Centre at McGill. He is also the Chair of FIBRE, a consortium of 8 research networks in forest innovation.

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Cellulose is destined to play a major role in the emerging bioeconomy. Awareness of the environment and a depletion of fossil fuels are some of the driving forces for looking at forest biomaterials for an alternative source of energy, chemicals and materials. The importance of cellulose is widely recognized world-wide and as such the field of cellulose science is expanding exponentially. Cellulose, the most abundant biopolymer on earth, has unique properties which makes it an ideal starting point for transforming it into useful materials. To achieve this, a solid knowledge of cellulose is essential. As such this book on cellulose, the first in a series of three, is very timely. It deals with fundamental aspect of cellulose, giving the reader a good appreciation of the richness of cellulose properties. Book Cellulose - Fundamental Aspects is a good introduction to books Cellulose - Medical, Pharmaceutical and Electronic Applications and Cellulose - Biomass Conversion , in which applications of cellulose and its conversion to other materials are treated.

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