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Nathalie Lavoine

Assistant Professor

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 1022F



  • Ph.D. in Materials Science
    Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Art, (France), 2013
  • M.S. in Paper Science & Engineering
    International School of Paper, Print Media and Biomaterials (France), 2010

Research Interest

  • High performance tailored cellulose nanomaterials
  • Active and intelligent packaging
  • Heat and mass transfers in nanoporous structures
  • Sustainable materials processing

Current Research Projects

  • Woven matrix with inherent and reconstructable thermophysiological responsive attributes for improved sleep performance – Project in collaboration with the Wilson College of Textiles, NCSU
  • Biodegradable and recyclable paper-based alternative to single-use plastic products – Project in collaboration¬†with the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU
  • Advanced functional coatings from renewable resources for wood-based panels – Project in collaboration with the University of Kastamonu, Turkey
  • Production, characterization, and optimization of high-lignin content cellulose nanofibrils from unbleached wood pulp
  • Thermally insulating and fire-retardant foams from lignocellulosic biomass and wastes for energy-efficient building
  • Towards a multi-scale understanding of the nanoporous cellulose nanofibril network for enhanced controlled release packaging


Area(s) of Expertise

Renewable nanotechnology, cellulose nanomaterials (nanocellulose), biopolymers, active and intelligent (food)-packaging, controlled release systems, barrier properties, mass and heat transport, sustainable materials processing