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FB Graduate Seminar: “There and Back Again” The Story of Eastman and the Evolution of Cellulose Esters for more than a Century
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Join us to hear Trevor Treasure, Ph.D. talk about the story of Eastman and Cellulose Esters.
Having just celebrated our centennial at Eastman, a portion of this seminar will be dedicated to a brief history of Eastman and the evolution of our technology and products over the decades. Emphasis is placed on the Cellulose Esters technology platform in Kingsport, but mention is also made of product portfolio expansion and the transition from a single wood distillation plant in Kingsport to an international Fortune 500 specialty chemical company with more than 50 manufacturing sites and 14,000+ employees. A technical topic will also be included in this seminar discussing cotton linter pulps and the challenges associated with characterizing such a highly purified form of cellulose.
Trevor is currently a Principle Research and Development Engineer within the Cellulose Esters Technology division at Eastman Chemical Company. His current research is focused on dissolving pulp utilization for the production of specialty plastics, films, and fibers. Before joining Eastman, Trevor studied Forest Biomaterials and Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University where his work focused on process modeling as well as lignocellulosic substrate characterization. Outside of work, Trevor is a car enthusiast and also enjoys spending time out in nature with his family.