European Café des Sciences : Nature-inspired innovation with Georgia Tech Professor Christopher Luettgen

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Ever wonder how age-old products like wood are being transformed into materials of the future? The public is invited to attend an upcoming talk on the topic during the latest “Café des Sciences Européen” lecture series, on Wednesday, March 28 at the Alliance Française of Atlanta in Colony Square.

Georgia Tech Professor Christopher Luettgen will discuss the topic “Renewable products and innovative materials: how nature is transforming industry." The event is put on in conjunction with the Mission for Science & Technology of the French Embassy and the Consulate General of France in Atlanta with the support of the Alliance Française and the Atlanta Science Tavern.

- When: Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Alliance Française of Atlanta, Colony Square – 400 building, 1201 Peachtree Street | Suite 1104 | Atlanta, GA 30361
- Registration: Please register here

A reception, including drinks and light hors-d’oeuvres will follow the lecture.
The presentation will be in English.
For directions and details, see the event’s Meetup page.
About the lecture

About the presentation

With the world facing an ever more delicate environmental situation, scientists are turning to nature, and in particular the forests, for solutions to many problems, such as the depletion of fossil resources.

Wood has always been a valuable material for humankind — whether used for heat, as a building material or for making paper. This age-old commodity could also turn out to be a cutting-edge resource for the future. Thanks to technological advancements, wood and biomass can now be transformed into innovative and high-end material for industry. Meanwhile, advances in manufacturing mean extracting valuable products from biomass can be done in a more sustainable way.

What are the properties and innovative applications of those new materials? What are the stakes of those discoveries for society? To what extent can research applied to forestry and agricultural bioproducts help address future environmental challenges?

In this presentation, we will discuss the opportunities bioproducts and bioprocessing provide society and as well as the state of their current development.

About the speaker

Pr. Christopher Luettgen earned his bachelor’s degree in paper engineering at Western Michigan University (’85), his master’s degree at the Institute of Paper Chemistry, Appleton, WI (’87), and his Ph.D. at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology — now the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech (’91).

Professor Luettgen has 25 plus years of industry experience, with Scott Paper and Kimberly-Clark Corp., where he most recently served as senior research and engineering manager for the Kimberly-Clark professional business sector. He has held positions in product development and innovation as well as in capital project management and manufacturing facility leadership.

He rejoined Georgia Tech in November 2014 as a professor of the practice in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and associate director of pulp and paper at the Renewable Bioproduct Institute (RBI). He also serves as director of industry strategic partnerships in the Georgia Tech Professional Education Division.