Celluforce's Dr. Richard Berry Honored with 2012 Purvis Memorial Award

Dr. Richard Berry

March 30, 2012 - CelluForce announced that Richard Berry PhD, a leader in the development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC) has been honored with the 2012 Purvis Memorial award. The award was given out by the Society of Chemical Industry at the SCI Canada Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto.

Dr. Berry was recognized for his contribution in the industrial development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose, a recyclable, non-toxic and renewable material extracted from trees.

"It is an honor to receive this recognition for work that has been done by remarkable teams at FPInnovations, Domtar and now CelluForce," said Dr. Berry. While at FP Innovations, he developed significant pulping technology in the elimination of dioxins, high-temperature peroxide bleaching, aldehyde-enhanced bleaching and more recently neutral bleaching.

According to Celluforce, Dr. Berry's initiatives in the past four years helped to convince industrial and Government stakeholders of the huge industrial potential of NCC and have allowed Canada to take NCC research in university and industry laboratories to industrial and commercial reality. This has positioned Quebec and Canada as world leaders in the development of this new nanotechnology and emerging industry.

Dr. Berry now has moved to CelluForce — the joint venture of Domtar and FPInnovations — where he is working to ensure the technical and business success of the demonstration plant which has a capacity of 1 tonne per day, Celluforce said in a statement.

The Purvis Memorial Awards honors Canadians in academia or an industry, based on chemisty, who have significantly strengthened their sector or an institution that industry relies upon. The chemical industry embraces traditional chemical companies focusing on chemical manufacture and distribution, but also industries such as coatings, crop protection, environmental services, food, pharmaceuticals, plastics, synthetic fibres and pulp and paper.

About Dr. Richard Berry
Leader of the nanotechnology initiative at FPInnovations since the very beginning, Dr. Berry has numerous scientific accomplishments and a long experience for overseeing the industrial application of his numerous inventions. He recently received the prestigious 2009 Nano-industry award from NanoQuebec for his contribution to the development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose. The initiatives Dr. Berry has spearheaded in recent years have allowed Canada to position itself as a world leader in the development of this new nanotechnology industry.

Dr. Berry has taught numerous courses for TAPPI, PAPTAC, and FP Innovations and chaired the 2000 International Pulp Bleaching Conference. He also holds thirteen patents and his work has been published in more than eighty articles and in two monographs. Dr. Berry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Geology from Keele University in Staffordshire, England in 1975. In 1980 he earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

SOURCE: Celluforce