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Project Title :  Advancement of the Science and use of Cellulose Nano-Materials
Project Number : FPL-4709-2B
Status : NEW
Start Date : 10-01-2012
End Date : 09-30-2019


View the 72 publications associated with this project.

Alan W. RudiePrincipal Investigator:
Alan W. Rudie

Non Technical Summary
US Industries are in need of new materials that will provide strength at lower weight, and reduce end-of-use impact on landfills. Cellulose nano-materials as a sustainable and compostable high strength reinforcing material can provide a solutions to needs as diverse as car body panels, ballistic glass, computer cases, and flexible electronics. RWU 4709 has become a preferred supplier of both cellulose nano-crystals and cellulose nano-fibrils. This problem area includes operation and supply of raw materials for collaborating research groups, and research into novel treatments characterizations and applications. Of particular interest in characterization is a problem in validating the strength predictions for cellulose nano-materials. Due to their affinity for water, pure materials produced from CNC and CNF shrink considerably as they dry. The shrinkage introduces flaws in the film or solid and testing is largely a matter of the number of flaws rather than the real strength of the material. The initial goal of this part of the project is to develop methods to produce stress and flaw free films that can be tested to determine the attainable physical strength of these materials.


Objectives Summary
1. Scale up production of cellulose nano-crystals (CNC) and cellulose nano-fibrils (CNF) to small pilot scale to improve access to research materials for scientists needing experimental or small scale demonstration quantities.2. Integrate CNC production concepts into the greater forest products industries, including the paper industry and biorefinery.3. Understand and test for the critical strength characteristics of cellulose nano-materials.


Approach Summary
Methods Not Available.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2013A comparative study of cellulose nanofibrils disintegrated via multiple processing approaches08/02/13
2016A comparison of cellulose nanofibrils produced from Cladophora glomerata algae and bleached eucalyptus pulp10/07/16
2015Cellulose Nanocrystal Entrapment of Benzalkonium Chloride in Southern Pine: Biological, Chemical, and Physical Properties09/15/15
2013Cellulose Nanocrystals vs. Cellulose Nanofibrils: A Comparative study on Their Microstructures and Effects as Polymer Reinforcing Agents09/06/13
2013Chapter 1 Cellulose Nanocrystals - A material with Unique Properties and Many Potential Applications09/13/13
2013Chapter 1.1 Crystallinity of Nanocellulose Materials by Near-IR FT-Raman Spectroscopy09/13/13
2013Chapter 1.1 Process Scale-Up of Cellulose Nanocrystal Production to 25 kg per Batch at the Forest Products Laboratory09/18/13
2013Chapter 1.2 Occupational Exposure Characterization during the Manufacture of Cellulose Nanomaterials09/20/13
2013Chapter 1.4: Spatially Resolved Characterization of CNC-Polypropylene composite by Confocal Raman Microscopy09/13/13
2013Chapter 11: Integrated Technology for Biobased Composites09/30/13
2013Chapter 2.1 Integrated Production of Cellulose Nanofibrils and Cellulosic Biofuel by Enzymatic Hydrolysis of wood Fibers09/26/13
2014Characterization of cellulose nanofibrillation by micro grinding07/21/14
2017Chemical modification of nanocellulose with canola oil fatty acid methyl ester09/05/17
2013Comparative study of cellulose nanofibrils Disintegrated from different Approaches06/28/13
2014Comparison between Cellulose Nanocrystal and Cellulose Nanofibril Reinforced Poly(ethylene oxide) Nanofibers and Their Novel Shish-Kebab-Like Crystalline Structures07/21/14
2015Comparison of Cellulose Supramolecular Structures Between Nanocrystals of Different Origins09/25/15
2017Contribution of residual proteins to the thermomechanical performance of cellulosic nanofibrils isolated from green macroalgae04/03/18
2017Conversion economics of forest biomaterials: risk and financial analysis of CNC manufacturing10/06/17
2018Current characterization methods for cellulose nanomaterials08/09/18
2013Disk Refining and Ultrasonication Treated Sugarcane Bagasse Residues for Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Bio-composites10/22/13
2017Effect of fiber drying on properties of lignin containing cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibrils produced through maleic acid hydrolysis11/28/18
2018Effects of mechanical fibrillation time by disk grinding on the properties of cellulose nanofibrils10/04/18
2016Endoglucanase post-milling treatment for producing cellulose nanofibers from bleached eucalyptus fibers by a supermasscolloider07/15/16
2014Enzymatic preparation of nanocrystalline and microcrystalline cellulose07/18/14
2016Fabrication of microfibrillated cellulose gel from waste pulp sludge via mild maceration combined with mechanical shearing12/02/16
2015Facile preparation of nanofiller-paper using mixed office paper without deinking04/30/15
2018Facile synthesis of highly hydrophobic cellulose nanoparticles through post-esterification microfluidization09/14/18
2015Formation of Irreversible H-bonds in Cellulose Materials09/25/15
2016Green and low-cost production of thermally stable and carboxylated cellulose Nanocrystals and nanofibrils using highly recyclable dicarboxylic acids03/01/17
2014High performance green barriers based on nanocellulose01/21/15
2014High Shear Homogenization of Lignin to Nanolignin and Thermal Stability of Nanolignin-Polyvinyl Alcohol Blends12/22/14
2016Highly thermal-stable and functional cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibrils produced using fully recyclable organic acids07/15/16
2015Highly transparent and toughened poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposite films containing networks of cellulose nanofibrils09/28/16
2016Highly transparent, low-haze, hybrid cellulose nanopaper as electrodes for flexible electronics12/06/16
2014Hydrogels Prepared from Cross-Linked Nanofibrillated Cellulose01/31/14
2014Impacts of fiber orientation and milling on observed crystallinity in jack pine09/16/14
2014Influence of drying restraint on physical and mechanical properties of nanofibrillated cellulose films03/25/14
2017Integrated production of lignin containing cellulose nanocrystals (LCNC) and nanofibrils (LCNF) using an easily recyclable di-carboxylic acid09/01/17
2014Kinetics of Strong Acid Hydrolysis of a Bleached Kraft Pulp for Producing Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs)09/09/14
2015LCA Study for Pilot Scale Production of Cellulose Nano Crystals (CNC) from Wood Pulp04/28/16
2019Lignin containing cellulose nanofibril production from willow bark at 80 °C using a highly recyclable acid hydrotrope08/27/19
2018Lignin-containing cellulose nanofibril-reinforced polyvinyl alcohol hydrogels08/08/18
2018Mechanical characterization of cellulose nanofibril materials made by additive manufacturing10/02/18
2013Mechanical deconstruction of lignocellulose cell walls and their enzymatic saccharification05/08/13
2014Mechanical performance of cellulose nanofibril film-wood flake laminate05/14/14
2014Mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine for the production of submicron lignocellulose fibrils06/27/14
2017Nanocomposites from lignin-containing cellulose nanocrystals and poly(lactic acid)09/13/17
2017Nanofibrillated cellulose from appalachian hardwoods logging residues as template for antimicrobial copper08/30/17
2015New Model of Wood Cell Wall Microfibril and Its Implications09/25/15
2015Optimizing cellulose fibrillation for the production of cellulose nanofibrils by a disk grinder10/07/15
2018Performance of high lignin content cellulose nanocrystals in poly(lactic acid)05/30/18
2015Physical and Mechanical Properties of Cellulose Nanofibril Films from Bleached Eucalyptus Pulp by Endoglucanase Treatment and Microfluidization09/25/15
2017Preparation and characterization of the nanocomposites from chemically modified nanocellulose and poly(lactic acid)04/09/18
2019Printing and mechanical characterization of cellulose nanofibril materials09/04/19
2019Producing conductive graphene–nanocellulose paper in one-pot10/01/19
2015Production of cellulose nanofibrils from bleached eucalyptus fibers by hyperthermostable endoglucanase treatment and subsequent microfluidization02/11/15
2018Production of high lignin-containing and lignin-free cellulose nanocrystals from wood02/28/19
2017Raman spectroscopy in the analysis of cellulose nanomaterials12/13/17
2017Raman spectroscopy of CNC-and CNF-based nanocomposites06/07/17
2012Rapid and Complete Enzyme Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Nanofibrils01/18/13
2015Self-assembled optically transparent cellulose nanofibril films: effect of nanofibril morphology and drying procedure04/01/15
2013Strong and Optically Transparent Films Prepared Using Cellulosic Solid Residue Recovered from Cellulose Nanocrystals Production Waste Stream09/06/13
2017Tailored and integrated production of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) with nanofibrils (CNF) through maleic acid hydrolysis04/26/17
2015Tailoring the yield and characteristics of wood cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) using concentrated acid hydrolysis09/25/15
2018The nanostructures of native celluloses, their transformations upon isolation, and their implications for production of nanocelluloses04/03/18
2014The Promise of Wood-Based Nanotechnology01/09/14
2012Thermal Conversion of Pine Wood Char to Carbon Nanomaterials in the Presence of Iron Nanoparticles08/14/13
2017Thermally stable cellulose nanocrystals toward high-performance 2D and 3D nanostructures02/13/18
2017Toward sustainable, economic, and tailored production of cellulose nanomaterials10/04/18
2016Understanding longitudinal wood fiber ultra-structure for producing cellulose nanofibrils using disk milling with diluted acid prehydrolysis02/10/17
2017Using a fully recyclable dicarboxylic acid for producing dispersible and thermally stable cellulose nanomaterials from different cellulosic sources08/25/17
2019Xylanase pretreatment of wood fibers for producing cellulose nanofibrils: a comparison of different enzyme preparations09/05/19

Project Summaries last modified: 08-22-2018