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Membership of the Fundamental Research Committee
(in alphabetical order).


Anders Astrom
Anders Åström

Astrom & Associates Ltd

Anders Åström obtained a Licentiate of Technology in Paper Technology at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. During his post-graduate studies he spent time as a guest scientist at IPC in USA. His areas of interest are paper making processes and functional paper properties. He started his industrial career over 25 years ago at MoDo R&D in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, followed by Aylesford Newsprint, UK. As R&D Manager he coordinated internal and external development resources to implement efficient manufacturing covering the whole area from pulping to product performance at the customer’s premises. Currently he is an independent supplier of improvement and development services to the paper industry.

Warren Batchelor
Warren Batchelor
Monash University
Warren Batchelor is a Senior Lecturer in the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has a PhD in Physics from Monash University on the mechanical properties of ceramics. Following his PhD, he spent two years in Vancouver working as a PAPRICAN Postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia Pulp and Paper Centre in the area of LC refining. He returned to Australia in 1996 to take up his current position. His major research interests are in the area of cellulose nanofibres, mechanics of nonwoven networks and fibres, low consistency refining and offset printing. He is the current chair of the TAPPI Paper Physics Committee as well as being an Adjunct (Docent) at Åbo Akademi University in Finland.
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Wolfgang Bauer
Graz University of Technology

Wolfgang Bauer graduated in Chemical and Process Engineering in 1986 and then worked at the Institute for Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology in Graz. After receiving his Ph.D. in Paper and Pulp Technology in 1992 from the Graz University of Technology he joined Leykam Mürztaler (now Sappi Fine Paper Europe) to work in their R&D department as head of the base paper and coating group. In this function he was responsible for all research activities associated with the PM11 project – at that time the most productive paper machine worldwide. In 1998 he joined the management team of the Sappi Fine Paper Gratkorn mill, where he was responsible for Process and Quality Management.

In 2003 he was appointed to a full professorship at the Graz University of Technology and since then he has headed the Institute for Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology. His research interests are in the field of paper and fibre physics and in coating technology.
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John Clewley
FRC Treasurer

John is the FRC Treasurer and was responsible for the organisation of the 2009, 2013 and 2017 Symposia. After graduating in Paper Science from UMIST in 1965 John Clewley had a wide and varied career in the paper industry, working in several different countries.  After learning his trade on the machine floor of fine paper mills as an Inveresk trainee, he worked for many years for Bowaters and, during his time as Manager of Bowater Technical Services, became heavily involved in the development of recycling technology and in particular de-inking. After a spell in USA John returned to the UK and eventually became part of the team, as Technical Manager, that developed the Bridgewater Mill with its advanced de-inking plants.  Some years later, as Technical Director of North British Newsprint, he was largely responsible for developing that project from a conceptual idea to a 'ready to go' fully scoped project.  John then spent two years working for Jaakko Pöyry being involved amongst other things in the development of several large de-inking projects before taking up the position of Executive Director of PITA, the Paper Industry Technical Association, from which he retired in 2007. John is the FRC Treasurer and will be responsible for the organisation of the 2017 Symposium in Oxford, having also organised the 2009 and 2013 Symposia in Oxford and Cambridge respectively.

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Doug Coffin
Miami University

Dr. Coffin is a Professor in the Paper and Chemical Engineering Department of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he has resided since 2002.  From 1994-2002, he was a faculty member at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.  Prior to entering the paper industry, he worked as an engineer with the General Dynamics Corp.  His degrees were earned at the University of Delaware.  In 1999-2000, Dr Coffin spent a year as a guest researcher at the STFI.  Dr. Coffin’s research focuses on the mechanical response of paper and paperboard.

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Steve I'Anson

Steve was appointed firstly as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a lecturer (1987) in the Department of Paper Science, UMIST. In 1992 he joined Scapa Paper Machine Clothing (now Voith) following research and consultancy involvement with the company over several years. He returned to UMIST in 1999 and, due to a merger in 2004, became a lecturer in the School of Materials, University of Manchester, eventually taking early retirement in 2011.
Research interests are based around practical papermaking applications of scientific principles. In particular, the use of image analysis to study the surface, structure and strength of paper and board, de-watering during wet pressing and dimensional change during drying.
Steve was Chairman of the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Symposia but has now stood down from this role, which has now been taken up by Daniel Söderberg.

Prof.Akira Isogai
Akira Isogai
University of Tokyo

Graduated form The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Agriculture, 1980
Ph.D from The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Agriculture,
1985 1985-86: Post-doctoral Fellow at Institute of Paper Chemistry (Lab. of Prof. Rajai H. Atalla), Wisconsin, USA
1986-94: Research Associate 1989-1990: Visiting scientist at Forest Products Laboratory, USDA, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
1994-2003: Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
2003-: Professor, University of Tokyo

Ph.D thesis: Preparation of Cellulose Derivatives using Non-Aqueous Cellulose Solvents (1985)

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Ari Kiviranta

Ari Kiviranta holds M.Sc., Lic.Tech., and D. Tech. degrees in Paper Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology. After gaining M.Sc. in 1988 he joined Tampella to work in Inkeroinen paperboard mill in process development, and later he moved to the board machine research centre to study forming and perform his D.Tech studies. He then moved to Metsä-Serla in 1993, and to Valmet in 1995, where he worked as development manager for board machines in Charlotte, USA, and in Tampere, Finland. In 1999 he joined Metsä-Serla (now M-real) again to work as development manager for the Paperboard Division.
He is now Managing Director at Metsä Board Zanders. Ari is a member of The Finnish Paper Engineers' Association, and TAPPI. His research interests have been in the field of forming, board manufacturing, and paper structure.

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Stephan Kleemann
Munich University of Applied Sciences

Stephan Kleemann is Professor at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany. He graduated in Chemistry and received his PhD in Chemistry from University of Stuttgart. After 2 years post-doctoral research at Harvard University (USA) with a NATO-fellowship, he joined BK-Ladenburg a subsidiary of Hoechst AG as a researcher in the paper industry laboratories.  During his 5 years with BK Ladenburg he was head of paper application laboratories and overall head of R&D before being appointed to a full professorship in Paper Science and Technology at Munich University of Applied Sciences in 1987.  He has been responsible for the M.Eng. programme in Paper Technology since 2003.
Stephan is chairman of the Zellcheming Paper Additives Committee and member of the Zellcheming Papermaking Committee as well as being a member of the FRC.
His research interests are in the field of wet-end additives and cellulose chemistry in which he has published several papers. He is head of the Institut fuer Verfahrenstechnik Papier (IVP) and has organised the International Munich Paper Symposia since 1991.

Marco Lucisano, Innventia

Marco Lucisano
RISE Bioeconomy

Marco is Director, Papermaking & Packaging at RISE Bioeconomy (formerly INNVENTIA AB).

Petri Makela

Petri Mäkelä
BillerudKorsnas AB

Petri is a research scientist at BillerudKorsnäs in Sweden. He received an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (1997) and a Licentiate of Technology (2000) from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Petri has previously been employed by Innventia (1998-2010), where he ended up as Manager of the Paper Physics research team, and by Tetra Pak (2011-2013). Petri was awarded the Van den Akker Prize in 2011.

Mark Martinez

Mark Martinez
University of British Columbia

Mark Martinez is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Following his PhD, he spent four years in Stockholm working at STFI in the area of papermaking. He returned to Vancouver in 1999 to take up his current position. His major research interests are in the area of experimental and computational fluid mechanics.
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Joel Panek
FRC Chairman
Joel Panek is a Research Scientist at WestRock (previously MeadWestvaco) in Richmond, Virginia. Joel completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Paper Science at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology. He previously was a guest researcher at STFI (now Innventia) [1999-2001] and a research scientist at Iggesund Paperboard [2001-2006]. His areas of interest include paper mechanics and converting. Joel was appointed as Chair of the FRC and the Pulp and Paper Fundamental Research Society on 31 January 2018.
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Bob Pelton
McMaster University
Bob Pelton is Professor of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University as well as Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies, Founding Director of the McMaster Centre for Pulp and Paper Research and Scientific Director of SENTINEL – The Canadian Network for the Development and Use of Bioactive Paper. His research group is one of the world’s leading academic groups investigating polymer applications in paper technology. Bob was awarded his B.Sc. and M.Sc. by the University of Guelph before receiving his PhD from Bristol University, England in 1976.
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Janet Preston
Imerys Minerals
Janet Preston joined English China Clays International (now IMERYS Minerals) in 1985 and has worked in the areas of coatings research, both in the area of paints and paper coating and in printing science.
Whilst working at Imerys, Janet graduated from University of Plymouth with an honours degree in Applied Chemistry. She then gained a PhD in Chemistry with the Interface Analysis Centre, University of Bristol, where she studied ink and coated paper interactions. Janet has around 60 publications in this area. She is currently a scientist in the company’s Paper Technology Group and is working in the area of printing fundamentals.
In 2007 Janet was appointed as an Adjunct Professor (Docent) at Åbo Akademi University in Finland, in the Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting. She is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Paper and Printing, Tappi (secretary of the fundamentals CIG).
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Jean-Claude Roux
Grenoble Institute of Technology

Jean-Claude Roux has been Professor of papermaking engineering and automation at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble - Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG) - Pagora since 1983. Since 1994 he has been Head of Research at the Paper and Printing Laboratory. He graduated in papermaking from Ecole Francaise Polytechnique de Grenoble (EFPG) in 1981 and in automation from INPG in 1982, receiving his PhD from INPG in 1986.
His research interests concern physical modelling and simulation of paper manufacturing operations including pulp disintegration, refining, forming and wet pressing.  He has recently been involved in studies of runnability and of environmental problems.  He is co-author of international patents for a new dilution headbox and a photocatalytic reactor for gas effluent treatment.  Since 1993 he has acted as a consultant for paper machine manufacturers and papermakers.

Juha Salmela
Juha Salmela
Spinnova Oy

Currently works as CTO at Spinnova (VTT spin-off company) developing environmentally friendly yarn technology. Has long experience at VTT as a team leader (7 years) and team member of the Rheology and Process Flows team. Experimental research on fibre suspension flows and flocculation related to papermaking has been the main focus of my research. At VTT I have been developing non-invasive research methods for opaque fluids and our group was among the first to utilize Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to study rheological properties of complex fluids (including cellulose nano-fibrils). I spent one great year as a visiting scientist at UBC (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) working for Professor Mark Martinez at pulp and paper centre.
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Bill Sampson
University of Manchester
Bill Sampson is Professor of Materials Modelling and Head of the School of Materials at the University of Manchester. He received his bachelors and doctoral degrees in Paper Science from UMIST where he began lecturing in 1992. His primary research interests are in the modelling of the structure of heterogeneous materials and understanding the influence of these structures on materials properties with a view to influencing these in manufacturing processes. Within paper physics, these interests focus on the statistical geometry of fibre networks in two and three dimensions, the characterisation of stochastic textures, and the influence of sheet structure on mechanical properties. Bill was Programme Secretary for the 13th, 14th and 15th Fundamental Research Symposia.

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Wenhao Shen
State Key Laboratory of Pulp & Paper Engineering, South China University of Technology

Wenhao Shen is a Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Pulp & Paper Engineering, South China University of Technology. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Computer and Automatic Control at Sichuan University in 1989, her Master Degree in Automation at South China University of Technology in 1992, and her PhD in Pulp and Paper Engineering at South China University of Technology in 2000. During the year 2004 to 2005 she did post-doctoral research work in Laboratoire des Sciences du Genie Chimique, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Industries Chimiques, Nancy, France. She is a member of TAPPI, and acted as a program committee member of 33rd-35th Chinese Control Conference. She is the holder of five patents. Her major research interests are as follows: (1) Analysis of gaseous pollutants in the pulping and papermaking process; (2) Study of gas sensor based on nano-material; (3) Photocatalytic degradation of gaseous pollutants in the papermaking process; (4) Simulation, control strategies development and diagnosis for papermaking wastewater treatment processes;  (5) Simulation of paper sheet structure and prediction of paper property.

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Daniel Söderberg

Daniel received an MSc in Vehicle Engineering (1994) and PhD in Fluid Mechanics (1999) at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. He was employed at Innventia from 1999 to 2013 and from 2009 was Deputy Director of the business area Material Processes. During the period 2008-2014 he was also Adjunct Professor at KTH. 2014 Daniel started as a full-time employee at KTH and is, since March 2016, Head of the Department of Mechanics at KTH. His research is related to multiphase flows, specifically in connection to processes related to the manufacturing of forest-based materials. Daniel is currently Director of BiMaC Innovation and active within the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre. He is holder of several patents, including being the inventor of the Aq-vane technique that received the ATIP (French Papermakers Association) gold innovation award 2004.

Mario Wiltsche
Mario Wiltsche
R&D and Technology at Andritz AG

Mario holds a Ph.D. in Chemical and Process Engineering from Graz University of Technology. His research focused on paper physics studying 3D paper structure using a serial sectioning method. After his employment at the Institute for Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology he joined Andritz AG. As a product manager for headboxes his primary research interest has been sheet forming. At present Mario is Director of Technology and R&D for paper and board machines at Andritz AG and external lecturer for paper making technology at Graz University of Technology.

The proceedings of the first 15 FRC Symposia are on fully searchable CDs. Ordering information is available on the FRC homepage:
Delegates to the recent 16th Symposium in Oxford in September 2017 received a fully searchable copy of ALL past proceedings on a Flash Drive.