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High-performance Cellulose Nanocrystal Polyolefin Composites are an Attractive Filler for Polymer Composites
Snapshot: Nanocellulose-polypropylene and nanocellulose-polyethylene composites exhibited the greatest improvement ever reported for such composites made with unmodified cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). Therefore, addition of biorenewable CNCs to the over 50 million tons these polymers used annually could open a vast new market for forest- based materials.
Uniform dispersion and neutral color of a polypropylene: CNC composites produced with solid state shear pulverization (a), and the opposite case for a standard melt mixer composite with excessive thermal degradation (b). Krishnan Iyer, Northwestern University