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Improving the Hydrolysis and Fibrillation of Wood Into Cellulose Nanomaterials
Snapshot: Cellulose nanomaterials have been receiving an increasing amount of interest from both the scientific and industrial communities because of their interesting properties, including good strength, absorbency, and optical properties, such as transparency when cast as a film. Cellulose nanofibrils traditionally have been produced by applying chemical, biological, and mechanical treatments that often require large energy costs. Forest Service scientists developed a number of strategies to improve the processing of these materials to facilitate both extraction of byproducts, such as sugar streams, and fibrillation.
Researchers are developing improved methods for processing cellulose nanofibrils. Rob Sabo, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.