Michael T. Goergen, Jr.
“Using tiny bits of trees to save the forest”
6th Annual Conference
Wednesday, August 16th 2017 at The Queen Theater   MORE INFO

Cellulosic nanomaterials have been my focus for more than three years, but unfortunately, I suspect most people have never heard of them. That’s why TEDX matters so much to me: I know that my colleagues are hungry for the opportunity to share their progress with the world as they develop new, natural resource–based fibers and energy that can deliver both environmental and economic benefits.

After I was selected, I was asked to read TED Talks, by Chris Anderson. Thank you for that! Anyone who gives presentations should study this insightful book. I thought I had done a pretty good job of upping my presentation game, but now I realize I still have a lot to work on. I no longer use bulleted lists in my slides, and I am debating whether to follow a script or adopt a more natural, extemporaneous style of talking from a prepared outline. I originally thought that a script would be better for such an important talk, but now I am rethinking my approach. Either way, the key to a compelling talk is passion and engagement, and on the subject of cellulosic nanomaterials, that’s easy.
As I prepare for TEDX, I am inspired by the enthusiasm of the researchers, government agencies and companies I work with, and by the support that friends and colleagues are offering on Facebook and Twitter. Soon after announcing my upcoming talk at a conference, I had all the help, images and scientific expertise I could ever need. It took me a full day to respond to the offers of assistance and expressions of support. People who hadn’t posted on Facebook in years congratulated me—and I haven’t even given the talk yet. I am striving to live up to their expectations. When I go for a run, I think about my talk. When I brush my teeth, I think about my talk. When I am trying to practice mindfulness, I think about my talk (which sort of defeats the purpose, so I have to work on that).
This talk is important because the bioproducts that nanotechnology researchers are developing can meet society’s needs for green structural materials and reduced energy consumption. I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce the TEDX audience to this new world.

Michael Goergen joined the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) in September of 2013 to lead the Public Private Partnership for Advanced Woody Biomaterials and Nanotechnology or P3Nano. He is focused on taking cellulosic nanotechnology from the lab to commercialization, and is bringing together partners in the public and private sectors to accelerate the development of innovative uses of renewable materials from forests. In addition to nanomaterials, Michael focuses on creating markets for mass timber products and advanced wood to energy systems. READ MORE

TEDxWilmington 6th Annual Conference : Wednesday, August 16th 2017 at The Queen Theater.  MORE INFO