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Site-Selective Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals

Photo of Chemical modification can make cellulose nanocrystals compatible with polymer resins and thermoplastics. Greg Scheunaman, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Chemical modification can make cellulose nanocrystals compatible with polymer resins and thermoplastics. Greg Scheunaman, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Snapshot : Forest Service researchers The hydrophilic surfaces of cellulose nanocrystals are synthetically converted to highly reactive functional groups.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Schueneman, Gregory 
Research Station : Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 949

Summary

In this research, the hydrophilic surfaces of cellulose nanocrystals are converted to highly reactive isocyanate functional groups. The surfaces are now, via further chemical modification, compatibile and potentially reactive with most if not all reactive polymer resins and most thermoplastics.

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