Nanocellulose: Common Strategies for Processing of Nanocomposites

Marcos Mariano, Alain Dufresne

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There has been an explosion of interest in the use of biomass as a source of renewable energy and materials. One focus of this activity has followed from the recognition that, by suitable chemical or mechanical treatments, it is possible to produce materials with dimensions in the nanometer range from many naturally occurring sources of cellulose. Cellulose-based materials are carbon neutral, sustainable, recyclable, and nontoxic; they thus have the potential to be truly green nanomaterials with many useful and unexpected properties. The potential of these nanoparticles has been proved for special functional nanomaterials but it is as a biobased reinforcing nanofiller that they have attracted significant interest. Impressive mechanical properties and reinforcing capability, abundance, low weight, and biodegradability of these nanoparticles make them ideal candidates for the processing of polymer nanocomposites. However, as for any nanoparticle, the main issue is related to their homogeneous dispersion within a polymeric matrix. This entry describes the main issues and challenges associated with the processing of nanocellulose reinforced polymer nanocomposites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACS Symposium Series
EditorsUmesh P. Agarwal, Rajai H. Atalla, Akira Isogai
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918


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