Dr. Gary Chinga Carrasco has been awarded the 2021 TAPPI Nanotechnology Division Mid-Career Award for his research contributions related to the nanotechnology of renewable materials and contributions to the technical community. The award was announced during the TAPPI Nano virtual conference on Tuesday 15 June.

Dr. Gary Chinga Carrasco was born in La Serena, Chile and moved to Norway in 1987. He graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) with background in Cell Biology (Cand. scient. 1997) and Chemical Engineering (Dr. ing. 2002). He is currently lead scientist at RISE PFI in the area of biocomposites. Dr. Chinga Carrasco is reviewer of several journals, including Carbohydrate polymers, Acta Biomaterialia and ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. He is also member of the editorial board of Journal of Bioresources and Bioproducts and Associate Editor of Bioengineering. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed papers (including 7 critical reviews), 8 book chapters and 2 books. Dr. Chinga Carrasco was one of two recipients of the Norwegian award “Treforedlingsprisen 2018” – awarded for his nanocellulose research. He has years of experience as coordinator of national and international projects, working closely with national and international R&D partners and industry. Currently his research focuses on tailor-made nanocelluloses, characterization, biomedical devices and novel biocomposite materials, with a main focus on 3D printing.