What is it about?

In this study, we showed an advantage of a nonwood biomass source, for tuning the surface energy and composition of nanofibres to be suitable for a wide range of polymers!

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Why is it important?

The isolation of nanocellulose from lignocellulosic biomass, with desirable surface chemistry and morphology, has gained extensive scientific attention for various applications including polymer nanocomposite reinforcement. Additionally, environmental and economic concerns have driven researchers to explore viable alternatives to current isolation approaches, employing chemicals with reduced environmental impact. To address these issues, in this study, we have tuned the amphiphilic behavior of cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) by employing controlled alkali treatment.

Perspectives

This property profile that was achieved by these nanofibers offers a potential application for high-performance medical devices such as condoms and gloves.

Dr Pratheep K Annamalai
University of Queensland

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This page is a summary of: Facile Tuning of the Surface Energy of Cellulose Nanofibers for Nanocomposite Reinforcement, ACS Omega, November 2018, American Chemical Society (ACS), DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b02104.
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