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31 August 2017 Update on bio-refining and nanocellulose composite materials manufacturing
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Nanocellulose is a high value material that has gained increasing attention because of its high strength, stiffness, unique photonic and piezoelectric properties, high stability and uniform structure. One of the factors limiting the potential of nanocellulose and the vast array of potential new products is the ability to produce high-volume quantities of this nano-material. However, recent research has demonstrated that nanocellulose can be efficently produced in large volumes from wood at relatively low cost by the incorporation of ionizing radiation in the process stream. Ionizing radiation causes significant break down of the polysaccharides and leads to the production of potentially useful gaseous products such as H2 and CO. Ionizing radiation processing remains an open field, ripe for innovation and application. This presentation will review the strong collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its academic partners pursuing the demonstration of applied ionizing radiation processing to plant materials for the manufacturing and characterization of novel nanomaterials.
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Michael T. Postek and Dianne L. Poster "Update on bio-refining and nanocellulose composite materials manufacturing", Proc. SPIE 10354, Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices XIV, 103540H (31 August 2017);

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