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Tiffany Abitbol

Country: Hamilton, Canada


Qualification: Ph.D. in Chemistry; McGill University



Communication style

Experienced mentor, will speak slow in easy English, and has interacted with ESL researchers.


  1. Instructor profile
Tiffany obtained her Ph.D. from the reputed McGill University in Canada. She is a published author and has presented her work at various conferences. Tiffany is currently serving as a journal reviewer for various reputed journals. She has successfully conducted her research work in Canada, Israel, and Sweden. Tiffany has served as a mentor for student researchers and has received 9 awards for various achievements. She has also been successful in establishing collaborations with other researchers.
  • Has received a Marie Curie fellowship.
  • Is a peer reviewer for ACS Applied Nano Materials, Biomacromolecules, Composites Science and Technology, Analyst, Cellulose, Langmuir, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, RSC Advances, Journal of Catalysis, etc.
  • Has played an active role in several industrial projects.
Education and Experience
  • Researcher, RISE Biosciences and Materials, Sweden 2/2017–current
  • Research Assistant/Consultant, Melodea Ltd. (nanocellulose start-up) 8/2014–2/2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Plant Sciences 10/2014–10/2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster University, Chemical Engineering 4/2012–8/2014
  • PhD, McGill University, Chemistry 01/2004–08/2011
  • Science Editor, McGill University, Wow Lab 03/2011–12/2011
  • Teaching Assistant, McGill University, Chemistry 2002–2007
  • BSc, Honors, McGill University, Chemistry 9/1999–12/2004
Design and Science Collaborations
  • Collaboration with Arielle Blonder (PhD candidate in Architecture at the Technion, Haifa) and Shira Shoval (Director at Aharon Feiner Eden Materials Library at the Design Museum of Holon) for artwork created with cellulose nanocrystals (displayed in March 2017 @ Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv for 6 months). Project recently covered in Design Boom: https://www.designboom.com/design/arielle-blonder-shira-shoval-art-piece-nanocellulose-eretz-israel-museum-09-27-2017/
  • Collaboration with “Nanocellulose Desert Shelter” team for Israel’s entry to 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, on display for 6 months in 2016: https://www.lifeobject.net/nanocellulose
  • Second place in 2016 joint Hebrew University Faculty of Science and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design competition for design of sports garment with an unobtrusive, removable pouch feature that can be used to filter and purify water. Featured at Geek Picnic Jerusalem 2016: https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4797189,00.html
Student Mentorship and Co-Supervision
  • 2014-2016: Co-supervision of MSc candidate Doron Kam at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with Prof. Oded Shoseyov (Nanobiotechnology laboratory). MSc completed in 2016 and 1 co-authored publication in preparation.
  • 2012-2014: Co-supervision of undergraduate researcher Heera Marway at McMaster University with Prof. Emily Cranston (Department of Chemical Engineering). Various projects, including 3 co-authored manuscripts.
  • 2013: Co-supervision of undergraduate researcher Anthony Palermo at McMaster University with Prof. Jose Moran-Mirabal (Department of Chemistry). 1 co-authored manuscript and 1 publication in preparation.
  • 2012: Co-supervision of undergraduate researcher Joseph Pang at McMaster University with Prof. Emily Cranston (Department of Chemical Engineering). Biobased coatings for industry.
  • 2011: Co-supervision of undergraduate researcher Tim Johnstone at McGill University with Prof. Derek Gray (Department of Chemistry). 1 co-authored manuscript.
  • 2010: Co-supervision of undergraduate researcher Jordan Wilson at McGill University with Prof. Derek Gray (Department of Chemistry). 1 co-authored manuscript.
Awards
  • Marie Curie Fellow – Mobility for Growth Program 1/2017–current
  • Vinnova Research Fellow 1/2017–current
  • Second place in joint Hebrew University Science faculty and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design competition 2016
  • Best poster at Hebrew University Center for Nanoscience annual meeting 2015
  • Azrieli Postdoctoral Fellowship 10/2014–10/2016
  • Best poster at Nanocellulose Cost Action Workshop 2014
  • Eastman Chemical Graduate Student Award, 3rd place 2009
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award 2009
  • McGill University Alma Mater Grant 2006
Service and Collaborations
  • Mediated Assembly subcommittee member for TAPPI Nano Conference (1/2017–current)
  • Peer reviewer for ACS Applied Nano Materials, Biomacromolecules, Composites Science and Technology, Analyst, Cellulose, Langmuir, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, RSC Advances, Catalysis, etc., (2011–current)
  • Industrial projects: Cabot Corporation/ Dr. Brian Prevo (Sr. Applications Development Specialist) and Christopher Galli (Lead Scientist)/ Project: Nanoparticles in solvent and waterborne coatings; Charlotte Products/ Asquith Williams (General Manager)/ Project: Cellulose nanocrystals in a line of green cleaning products; Rescraft Plastic Products/ Doug Cunningham (President)/Project: Rotational molding of recycled plastics from agricultural waste. (2012–2014)
  • Academic collaborations: Toivakka lab/ Åbo University Academy, (1/2017-current), Hayuka lab/ Hebrew University (6/2015–9/2016); Shoseyov lab/ Hebrew University (12/2013–8/2014); Moran-Mirabal lab/ McMaster University (4/2012–8/2014); Quinn lab/ McGill University (2010, 2011); Eichhorn lab/ Manchester University (2008, 2009)
Publications
  • Abitbol T, Kam D, Kalisman Y, Gray DG, Shoseyov O (2018) “Phase separation and rheology of cellulose nanocrystals with different surface charge densities” submitted to Langmuir.
  • Abitbol T, Marway H, Kedzior S, Yang X, Franey A, Gray, DG, Cranston ED (2017) “Hybrid fluorescent nanoparticles from quantum dots coupled to cellulose nanocrystals” Cellulose, DOI: 10.1007/s10570-016-1188-3
  • Abitbol T, Rivkin A, Cao Y, Nevo Y, Abraham E, Ben-Shalom T, Lapidot S, Shoseyov O (2016) “Nanocellulose, a tiny fiber with huge applications” Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 39, 76–88.
  • Rivkin A*, Abitbol T*, Nevo Y, Verker R, Lapidot S, Komarov A, Veldhuis SC, Zilberman G, Reches M, Cranston ED, Shoseyov O. (2015) “Bionanocomposite films from Resilin-CBD bound to cellulose nanocrystals”, Industrial Biotechnology, 11(1), 44–58. *First two authors contributed equally. Invited contribution: Nanocellulose themed issue.
  • Abitbol T, Prevo BG, Galli C, Choudhary S, Corwin J, Villapando-Páez F, Nguyen L, Komarov A, Villalobos M, Veldhuis SC, Cranston ED. (2014) “Comparison of nanocrystalline cellulose and fumed silica in latex coatings”, Green Materials, 2(4), 206–221. Invited contribution: Green Nanocomposites themed issue.
  • Abitbol T, Marway H, Cranston ED. (2014) “Surface modification of cellulose nanocrystals with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide”, Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal, 29 (1), 46–57. Invited contribution, themed issue: Nanocellulose.
  • Abitbol T, Palermo A, Moran-Mirabal JM, Cranston ED. (2013) “Fluorescent labeling and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals with varying charge contents”, Biomacromolecules, 14(9), 3278–3284.
  • Book Chapter: Abitbol T, Cranston ED. (2013) “Directed assembly of oriented cellulose nanocrystal films”, in Handbook of Green Materials, Vol. 3 Self-and Directed Assembling of Bio Nanomaterials; Oksman K, Rojas O, Qvintas P, Eds. Invited contribution.
  • Book Chapter: Abitbol T, Cranston ED. (2013), “Chiral nematic self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals in suspensions and solid films”, in Handbook of Green Materials, Vol. 3 Self-and Directed Assembling of Bio Nanomaterials; Oksman K, Rojas O, Qvintas P, Eds. Invited contribution.
  • Abitbol T, Kloser E, and Gray DG. (2013) “Estimation of the surface sulfur content of cellulose nanocrystals prepared by sulfuric acid hydrolysis”, Cellulose, 20(2), 785–794.
  • Abitbol T, Johnstone T, Quinn TM, and Gray, DG. (2012) “Reinforcement with cellulose nanocrystals of polyvinyl alcohol hydrogels prepared by cyclic freezing and thawing”, Soft Matter, 7(6), 2373–2379.
  • Abitbol T, Wilson JT, and Gray DG. (2011) “Electrospinning of fluorescent fibers from CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in cellulose triacetate”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 119(2), 803–810.
  • Patent: Gray DG and Abitbol T. (2010) “Cellulose composites comprising hydrophobic particles and their use in paper products”, US Patent 7820009.
  • Abitbol T and Gray DG. (2009) “Incorporation into paper of cellulose triacetate films containing semiconductor nanoparticles”, Cellulose, 16(2), 319–326. (Cover art)
  • Abitbol T and Gray DG. (2007) “CdSe/ZnS quantum dots embedded in cellulose triacetate films with hydrophilic surfaces”, Chemistry of Materials, 19(17), 4270–4276.
  • Yu M, Abitbol T, and Gray DG. (2004) “Evidence for a chiral internal stress in paper sheets”, Journal of Pulp and Paper Science, 30(4), 91–94.
Select Presentations
  • Abitbol T (2017) “Surface charge influence on the effective size, interactions, and self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals”, invited presentation at Colloids and Surfaces Workshop at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Abitbol T, Rivkin A, Shoseyov O (2015) “Bionanocomposite films from resilin-cellulose binding domain bound to cellulose nanocrystals”, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Ashekelon, Israel. (Poster)
  • Abitbol T, Marway H, Cranston ED. (2014) “Surface modification of cellulose nanocrystals with cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide”, Third Cost Action FP1205 Workshop within the areas of “Science and uses of nanocellulose” and “Cellulose films and foams”, Bangor, UK. (Poster)
  • Abitbol T, Palermo A, Moran-Mirabal JM, and Cranston ED. (2013) “Fluorescent labeling and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals with a range of charge contents”, ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (Poster)
  • Abitbol T, Kloser E, and Gray DG. (2011) “Estimation of surface sulfate content of cellulose nanocrystals prepared by sulfuric acid hydrolysis”. ACS Colloids Symposium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Talk)
  • Abitbol T, Quinn TM, and Gray DG. (2010) “Reinforcement of polyvinyl alcohol hydrogels with cellulose nanocrystals”, Pacifichem, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. (Talk)
  • Abitbol T, Quinn TM, and Gray DG. (2010) “Polvinyl alcohol hydrogels reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals”, ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA. (Talk)
  • Abitbol T and Gray DG. (2009) “Electrospun fluorescent fibers from quantum dots in cellulose triacetate”, ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. (Talk)
  • Abitbol T and Gray DG. (2008) “Evidence for drying-induced chiral internal stress in paper”, ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (Poster)
  • Abitbol T and Gray DG. (2007) “Incorporation of quantum dot taggants into paper and board products”. ACS National Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Talk)

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