What is it about?
The production of high aspect ratio cellulose nanofibres without resorting to very harsh mechanical and/or chemical processing steps remains a challenge that hinders progress in the fast-moving nanocellulose field. In response to this challenge, herein we report the preparation of high aspect ratio (>500) and small diameter (<8 nm) cellulose nanofibrils through the deconstruction of Australian native ‘spinifex’ grass (Triodia pungens) by applying very mild pulping conditions combined with only one pass of high pressure homogenization.
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Why is it important?
Spinifex grass has an unusually high hemicellulose content, which facilitates this easy fibrillation process.
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This page is a summary of: Easily deconstructed, high aspect ratio cellulose nanofibres from Triodia pungens; an abundant grass of Australia's arid zone, RSC Advances, January 2015, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/c5ra02936h.
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