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Title: Approaching zero cellulose loss in cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) production: recovery and characterization of cellulosic solid residues (CSR) and CNC

Source: Cellulose, Published online: 22 August 2012.

Author(s)Wang, Q.Q.; Zhu, J.Y.; Reiner, R.S.; Verrill, S.P.; Baxa, U.; McNeil, S.E.

Publication Year: 2012  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4709-2A  FPL-4851-1B

Abstract: This study demonstrated the potential of simultaneously recovering cellulosic solid residues (CSR) and producing cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) by strong sulfuric acid hydrolysis to minimize cellulose loss to near zero. A set of slightly milder acid hydrolysis conditions than that considered as “optimal” were used to significantly minimize the degradation of cellulose into soluble sugars that cannot be economically recovered, but resulted in CSR that is easily recoverable through conventional centrifuge. It was found that the window for simultaneous recoveries of CSR and producing high yield CNC in strong acid hydrolysis was extremely narrow. However, we achieved significant CSR yield with near zero cellulose loss but without sacrificing CNC yield compared with that obtained at “optimal condition”. The resultant CSR contains sulfate ester groups that facilitated subsequent mechanical nano-fibrillation to cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs), a potential high value nanocellulosic material for a variety of applications.

Keywords: nanocellulose matierals/composites cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs), Cellulose nanowhiskers (CNWs), Acid hydrolysis

Publication Review Process: Formally Refereed

File size: 2,417 kb(s)

Date posted: 10/05/2012

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RITS Product ID: 62396
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Verrill, Steve P.
Mathematical Statistician
Zhu, JunYong
Research General Engineer

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