Cellulose

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List of Papers (Total 140)

Surface properties and porosity of highly porous, nanostructured cellulose II particles

Recently, a new member of the nanocellulose family was introduced, a cellulose II gel consisting of nanostructured and spherical particles. In this study, we compared two different drying techniques to obtain highly porous powders from this gel with preserved meso- and macroporous nanostructure: first, freeze-drying after solvent exchange to tBuOH and second, supercritical drying ...

Aggregation behavior of aqueous cellulose nanocrystals: the effect of inorganic salts

Natural anisotropic building-blocks such as cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) have attracted considerable attention due to their biodegradability and nanometer-size. In this work the colloidal behavior of CNCs, obtained from sulfuric acid hydrolysis of microcrystalline cellulose, has been studied in presence of salts of different valences. The influence on the colloidal stability and ...

Modeling of negative Poisson’s ratio (auxetic) crystalline cellulose Iβ

Energy minimizations for unstretched and stretched cellulose models using an all-atom empirical force field (molecular mechanics) have been performed to investigate the mechanism for auxetic (negative Poisson’s ratio) response in crystalline cellulose Iβ from kraft cooked Norway spruce. An initial investigation to identify an appropriate force field led to a study of the structure ...

Qualitative evaluation of microfibrillated cellulose using the crill method and some aspects of microscopy

It has been a challenge to develop rapid online characterisation techniques for nanocellulose given the fibrillar structure of the nanoparticles. The crill optical analyser uses optical response signals in the infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) wavelength ranges to evaluate the particle size properties of micro/nanofibrillar cellulosic materials. In this work, the crill analyser ...

On the relationship between fibre composition and material properties following periodate oxidation and borohydride reduction of lignocellulosic fibres

Periodate oxidation followed by borohydride reduction was performed on four structurally different pulp fibres to clarify the effect of chemical composition on the structural and mechanical properties of sheets made from these fibres. The main purpose was to explore the possibility of extending the use of lignocellulose fibres in novel applications. The degree of oxidation, ...

Biopolyols obtained via crude glycerol-based liquefaction of cellulose: their structural, rheological and thermal characterization

In this work lignocellulose biomass liquefaction was used to produce biopolyols suitable for the manufacturing of rigid polyurethane foams. In order to better evaluate the mechanism of the process, pure cellulose was applied as a raw material. The effect of time and temperature on the effectiveness of liquefaction and the parameters of resulting biopolyols were characterized. The ...

Spherical nanocomposite particles prepared from mixed cellulose–chitosan solutions

Novel cellulose–chitosan nanocomposite particles with spherical shape were successfully prepared via mixing of aqueous biopolymer solutions in three different ways. Macroparticles with diameters in the millimeter range were produced by dripping cellulose dissolved in cold LiOH/urea into acidic chitosan solutions, inducing instant co-regeneration of the biopolymers. Two types of ...

Processing and structure–property relationships of natural rubber/wheat bran biocomposites

In this work, wheat bran was used as cellulosic filler in biocomposites based on natural rubber. The impact of wheat bran content [ranging from 10 to 50 parts per hundred rubber (phr)] on processing, structure, dynamic mechanical properties, thermal properties, physico-mechanical properties and morphology of resulting biocomposites was investigated. For better characterization of ...

Per-O-acylation of xylan at room temperature in dimethylsulfoxide/N-methylimidazole

The per-O-acylation of xylan-type hemicellulose was firstly carried out in dimethylsulfoxide/N-methylimidazole (DMSO/NMI) at room temperature without additional catalyst. The optimum conditions for esterification of xylan was investigated in terms of the molar ratio of reagents to anhydroxylose units (AXU) in xylan and the kinds of esterification reagents to obtain a high degree of ...

Revision of adsorption models of xyloglucan on microcrystalline cellulose

Interactions among cellulose, hemicellulose and pectins are important for plant cell wall assembly and properties and also for industrial applications of these polysaccharides. Therefore, binding of pectin and xyloglucan on microcrystalline cellulose was investigated in this experiment by adsorption isotherms, zeta potential and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Analysis of three ...

On the anomalous temperature dependence of cellulose aqueous solubility

The solubility of cellulose in water-based media is promoted by low temperature, which may appear counter-intuitive. An explanation to this phenomenon has been proposed that is based on a temperature-dependent orientation of the hydroxymethyl group. In this paper, this hypothesis is investigated using molecular dynamics computer simulations and NMR spectroscopy, and is discussed in ...

Morphology and rheology of cellulose nanofibrils derived from mixtures of pulp fibres and papermaking fines

The rheological behaviour of homogenised fibres originally having different lengths was evaluated. For this purpose, mixtures of pulp fibres and fines were fibrillated mechanically without pre-treatment and characterised with regard to morphology and viscosity. It was found that, for all samples, a similar number of homogenisation passes was needed to reach a viscosity plateau. ...

Initial wet web strength of paper

Despite much research into and development within the complex area of the initial wet web strength of paper, no complete model has yet been developed to describe this property. This type of paper strength is the most important property to ensure an effective paper machine run. Furthermore, the process of strength development in the sheet forming and pressing portion of the process ...

Fabrication of superhydrophobic cotton fabrics by a simple chemical modification

Hydrophobization of cotton fabrics was carried out with the use of bifunctional polysiloxanes with various contents of functional groups. Polysiloxanes contained in their structure groups capable of bonding to substrates (trialkoxysilyl or glycidyl ones) and fluoroalkyl groups showing surface activity. Two methods of surface modification were compared: (1) a one-step method via the ...

Application of nanocomposite cellulose fibers with luminescent properties to paper functionalization

Cellulose fibres modified with the luminescent inorganic compound were obtained by using N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide as a direct solvent. The fibres were cut and introduced to the unrefined and refined paper pulp samples. Schopper-Riegler value of the pulps were measured and the laboratory paper samples were formed. Observations under UV radiation showed that the cellulose ...

Dielectric losses in the composite cellulose–mineral oil–water nanoparticles: theoretical assumptions

The paper presents an analysis of test results by Frequency Domain Spectroscopy (FDS) of the loss tangent (tgδ) in electrotechnical pressboard impregnated with insulating oil and containing nanoparticles of water depending on the frequency of alternating current, sample temperature and degree of moisture. We found tgδ reduction in areas of low and ultra-low frequency. It is ...

Why do we observe significant differences between measured and ‘back-calculated’ properties of natural fibres?

The drive towards sustainability, even in materials technologies, has fuelled an increasing interest in bio-based composites. Cellulosic fibres, such as flax and jute, are being considered as alternatives to technical synthetic fibres, such as glass, as reinforcements in fibre reinforced polymer composites for a wide range of applications. A critical bottleneck in the advancement ...

Microwave-assisted TiO2: anatase formation on cotton and viscose fabric surfaces

The method of TiO2-anatase film preparation on cotton and viscose fabric surfaces using the sol-gel process and microwave treatment is presented. Microwave treatment was used to change the amorphous TiO2 form to anatase directly on the fabrics. The influence of microwave treatment conditions on the obtainable polymorphic form of TiO2 was examined. Fabrics were pretreated with ...

Characterizations of biodegradable epoxy-coated cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) thin film for flexible microwave applications

Wood pulp cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) thin film is a novel recyclable and biodegradable material. We investigated the microwave dielectric properties of the epoxy coated-CNF thin film for potential broad applications in flexible high speed electronics. The characterizations of dielectric properties were carried out in a frequency range of 1–10 GHz. The dielectric constant and loss ...

Visualization of structural changes in cellulosic substrates during enzymatic hydrolysis using multimodal nonlinear microscopy

Enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose provides a renewable source of monosaccharides for production of variety of biochemicals and biopolymers. Unfortunately, the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose is often incomplete, and the reasons are not fully understood. We have monitored enzymatic hydrolysis in terms of molecular density, ordering and autofluorescence of cellulose structures in ...

Coarse-grained model of the native cellulose \(\hbox {I}\alpha\) and the transformation pathways to the \(\hbox {I}\beta\) allomorph

All-atom simulations are used to derive effective parameters for a coarse-grained description of the crystalline cellulose \(\hbox {I}\alpha\). In this description, glucose monomers are represented by the C4 atoms and non-bonded interactions within the cellulose sheets and between the sheets by effective Lennard-Jones interactions. The parameters are determined by two methods: the ...

Impact of selected solvent systems on the pore and solid structure of cellulose aerogels

The impact of selected cellulose solvent systems based on the principal constituents tetrabutylammonium fluoride (TBAF), 1-ethyl-3-methyl-1H-imidazolium-acetate, N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide, or calcium thiocyanate octahydrate (CTO) on the properties of cellulose II aerogels prepared from these solvent systems has been investigated as a means towards tailoring cellulose aerogel ...