Dr. Marco Beaumont receives the "Wissen schaf[f]t Zukunft" award 2017 for his dissertation thesis "Characterization and Modification of a Cellulose II Gel".

The PhD work of Dr. Marco Beaumont, Department of Chemistry, Division of Chemistry of Renewable Resources, was awarded with the "Wissen schaf[f]t Zukunft" Award 2017 of the NÖ Forschungs- und Bildungsges.m.b.H., which aims at "highlighting the high-quality scientific achievements of young people at the beginning of their academic careers."

Dr. Marco Beaumont's PhD thesis "Characterization and Modification of a Cellulose II Gel" focused on a novel nanomaterial from the cellulose II allomorph – a cellulose II gel obtained out of the Lyocell process, its in-depth physicochemical characterization and novel ways for chemical modification. Besides these specific studies, the work opened new general ways to chemically modify all types of celluloses in the never-dried state – this way avoiding hornification effects and reactivity losses – by very clean and straightforward reactions. In addition, a general procedure was elaborated to dry nanocellulosic materials without the notorious losses in reactivity, surface area, and re-wettability so that the re-suspended material exhibited largely the same properties as the starting nanocellulose before drying. During the two years and 10 months of his PhD study, done within the framework of the DokIn’Holz Initiative and funded by Lenzing AG and the Austrian Ministry BMWFW, Dr. Beaumont published a total of 6 first-author papers, including five SCI articles with an accumulated impact factor of 27, and a Wiley book chapter. Dr. Beaumont´s work, performed at the UFT Tulln, Division of Chemistry of Renewable Resources, was supervised by Thomas Rosenau and by Antje Potthast and co-supervised by Martina Opietnik (Lenzing AG), who had graduated from the same institute several years ago.

The "Wissen schaf[f]t Zukunft" award 2017 was awarded on Thursday, October 5th, by the governor of Lower Austria, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, during the annual Wissenschaftsgala of Lower Austria.