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Title: Overview of Cellulose Nanomaterials, Their Capabilities and Applications

Author: Moon, Robert J.; Schueneman, Gregory T.; Simonsen, John;

Date: 2016

Source: JOM The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Cellulose nanomaterials (CNs) are a new class of cellulose particles with properties and functionalities distinct from molecular cellulose and wood pulp, and as a result, they are being developed for applications that were once thought impossible for cellulosic materials. Momentum is growing in CN research and development, and commercialization in this field is happening because of the unique combination of characteristics (e.g., high mechanical properties, sustainability, and large-scale production potential) and utility across a broad spectrum of material applications (e.g. as an additive, selfsustaining structures, and template structures) that CNs offer. Despite the challenges typical for materials development, CN and near-CN production is ramping up with pilot scale to industry demonstration trials, and the first commercial products are starting to hit the marketplace. This review provides a broad overview of CNs and their capabilities that are enabling new application areas for cellulose-based materials.

Keywords: cellulose nanomaterials, cellulose nanocrystals, cellulose nanofibrils, applications,

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Moon, Robert J.; Schueneman, Gregory T.; Simonsen, John. 2016. Overview of cellulose nanomaterials, their capabilities and applications. The Journal of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). JOM. 68(9): 2383-2394.


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