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NOVEMBER 15 - 18, 2021
The Westin Kierland
Scottsdale, AZ
Product & Process Innovation in AHPs
Tuesday, November 16
2:00 pm - 3:55 pm

Biotransformation Technology in Polyolefin Fibers and Nonwoven Fabrics, Focus on Fugitive Used Articles

Today, the word “sustainability” does not have a unified meaning in the Industries we serve. Perform a regional analysis on any given customer or consumer, delve into a legislative body or advocacy group’s positioning and you will find each are likely to use the word ‘sustainable’ with varying interpretations, implementations, and implications. In this presentation, we are going to focus on several aspects of sustainability, including the topic of waste single use articles in the environment and use of recycle-friendly, biologically sourced colorants. Specifically, we intend to move from the problem statement to a means for reducing the negative environmental and financial effects such single use article fugitive wastes pose to municipalities and manufacturers and discuss aspects of cross-industry cooperation to be reliable vendors to our customers.


» DeeAnn Nelson, Ph.D.

NA - R&D and Innovation Manager, Avgol Nonwovens


•20+ years in the Nonwovens industry

•Avgol 7+ years as part of the global R&D group

•Broad experience in polymers and nonwovens: hygiene, filtration, industrial applications

•Key roles in Product Development, Program Management, Team Leadership

•Inventor on over 30 patented concepts

•Member of Executive Committee - NWI

BS – ChE from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

PhD – ChE from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)