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Title: Small world, big results : nanotechnology and forest products are teaming up to create the ?material of the 21st century?-?coated paper and paperboard

Author: Jones, Phil; Wegner, T. H.;

Date: 2007

Source: Paper age. (July/Aug. 2007): Pages 3-6.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: At its fundamental level, wood is made up of nanodimensional cellulose nanocrystalline fibrils that have extremely high strength?approximately 25% the strength of carbon nanotubes. Because of this, plus our emerging ability to manipulate cell wall nano- dimensional architecture and functionality, the abundance of lignocellulosic materials, and our emerging ability to self-assemble nanodimensional materials into macro-scale materials and products, we can expect that forest products will emerge as ?the material of the 21st Century? just as steel was in the 19th Century and plastics in the 20th Century.

Keywords: Paperboard, paperboard industry, technological innovations, research, paper coatings, forest products industry, nanostructured materials, nanotechnology, microstructure, forest products research, renewable natural resources, sustainable forestry, utilization

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Jones, Phil; Wegner, T. H. 2007. Small world, big results : nanotechnology and forest products are teaming up to create the ?material of the 21st century?-?coated paper and paperboard. Paper age. (July/Aug. 2007): Pages 3-6.

 


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