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Discovery of Cellulose Nanocrystals as Pot-life Stabilizers for Epoxy Coatings
Snapshot: Waterborne epoxy coatings are high-value, sought-after environmentally friendly products in the coating industry mostly due to their ease of use, performance and low maintenance. Waterborne epoxy coatings are part of a $56 to 64 billion industry. Addition of cellulose nanocrystals to such coatings improves their mechanical and thermal properties, and significantly increases the long-term shelf life and sustainability.
Scanning electron image of cellulose nanocrystals coordinated to the surface of an epoxy particle. Natalie Girouard, Georgia Institute of Technology