Facts and Myths about Cellulose Nanofibrils (CNF): What to Expect and What to Not


Keywords: , , ,

Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) are perhaps the only type of cellulose nanomaterials that have the potential for both large volume production and large volume applications in near future. Much research has been conducted on the production, property assessment and applications of these interesting materials in many laboratories and the promise for an outstanding, multi-functional renewable material has been widely advertised. While a considerable amount of effort has been made to modify CNF to make it work with systems that it inherently does not interact with much, an alternative approach towards taking advantage of the natural strengths of CNF for applications it is comfortable with seems to be finding traction in the scientific community. Concurrently, research towards using CNF as the bulk material and not as an additive is finding more and more attention for biomedical applications. In parallel, CNF is often confused with other types of cellulose nanomaterials resulting in expectations that cannot be met in practice. This presentation will pose a few of these facts and myths around CNF, its properties and applications and tries to provide the audience with the “truth” about what to expect from CNF and what to not. Discussions on mechanical properties, processability, water interactions and adhesive properties will be presented. Recent development in the binder application of cellulose nanomaterials, laminate systems and applications in textiles and yarns will be discussed. Future outlook into the potential areas of focus for commercialization will be presented.

PDF of paper:

Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Advanced Materials: TechConnect Briefs 2018
Published: May 13, 2018
Pages: 169 - 171
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Energy & Sustainability
Topic: Nano & Microfibrillated Cellulose
ISBN: 978-0-9975117-8-9