Reinforced plastics and aerogels by nanocrystalline cellulose

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11051-013-1636-z
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Nanoparticle Research
ISSN1388-0764
Volume15
Issue5
Article number1636
SubjectNanocrystalline cellulose; Nanofiller; Nanocomposite; Nanomaterials; Nanoparticles; Renewable biomass; Cellulose
AbstractNanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), a rigid rod-like nanoscale material, can be produced from cellulosic biomass in powder, liquid, or gel forms by acid and chemical hydrolysis. Owing to its unique and exceptional physicochemical properties, the incorporation of a small amount of NCC into plastic enhances the mechanical strength of the latter by several orders of magnitudes. Carbohydrate-based NCC poses no serious environmental concerns, providing further impetus for the development and applications of this green and renewable biomaterial to fabricate lightweight and biodegradable composites and aerogels. Surface functionalization of NCC remains the main focus of NCC research to tailor its properties for dispersion in hydrophilic or hydrophobic media. It is of uttermost importance to develop tools and protocols for imaging of NCC in a complex matrix and quantify its reinforcement effect.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationAquatic and Crop Resource Development; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number21270493
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