Two Paper Science and Engineering research fellows won recognition at the Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Competition March 13. PhD candidate Xiaodan Zhang was recognized for “Flexible Paper-Based Electronic Devices for Energy Storage,” and PhD candidate Sudhir Sharma for “High-Performance Green Barrier Films from Thermal Treatment of Cellulose Nanofibrils.” Both are students of Professor Yulin Deng. Their selection came with cash prizes sponsored by the Institute of Paper Chemistry Foundation. “These papers are two excellent examples of ‘beyond the boundary’ applications of renewable lignocellulosics,” commented Marsolan. “We appreciate the Foundation’s support for innovation in forest-based materials, and salute the excellent research of these two students.”
31 students across the Georgia Tech campus competed for the awards. In addition to Xiaodan and Sudhir, other finalists for the recognition included Albert Lee, Arie Mulyadi and Natalie Girouard, all from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Yushu Wang, School of Materials Science and Engineering.