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State of the Art Manufacturing and Engineering of Nanocellulose: A Review of Available Data and Industrial Applications

Author(s): Serge Rebouillat | Fernand Pla

Journal: Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology
ISSN 2158-7027

Volume: 04;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 165;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Nanocellulose | Processes | Production | Modifications | Biocomposites | Biomaterials | Engineering | Renewable | Bioadditives | Fibrous | Nanostructures | Green Chemistry

This review provides a critical overview of the recent methods and processes developed for the production of cellulose nanoparticles with controlled morphology, structure and properties, and also sums up (1) the processes for the chemical modifications of these particles in order to prevent their re-aggregation during spray-drying procedures and to increase their reactivity, (2) the recent processes involved in the production of nanostructured biomaterials and composites. The structural and physical properties of those nanocelluloses, combined with their biodegradability, make them materials of choice in the very promising area of nanotechnology, likely subject to major commercial successes in the context of green chemistry. With a prospective and pioneering approach to the subject matter, various laboratories involved in this domain have developed bio-products now almost suitable to industrial applications; although some important steps remain to be overcome, those are worth been reviewed and supplemented. At this stage, several pilot units and demonstration plants have been built to improve, optimize and scale-up the processes developed at laboratory scale. Industrial reactors with suitable environment and modern control equipment are to be expected within that context. This review shall bring the suitable processing dimension that may be needed now, given the numerous reviews outlining the product potential attributes. An abundant literature database, close to 250 publications and patents, is provided, consolidating the various research and more practical angles.
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