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Cellulose nanocrystals and microfibrillated cellulose as building blocks for the design of hierarchical functional materials

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In this article, we highlight the potential of nanocelluloses, such as cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), to serve as building blocks for the design of hierarchical functional nanomaterials. Four categories of value-added nanomaterials are envisaged here, namely aerogels, emulsions, templated materials and stimuli-responsive nanodevices. But most importantly, we demonstrate that appropriate functionalization methods are required in order to tailor the nanocellulose surface and further design materials with required characteristics.

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Submitted
10 May 2012
Accepted
03 Jul 2012
First published
04 Jul 2012

J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 20105-20111
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Cellulose nanocrystals and microfibrillated cellulose as building blocks for the design of hierarchical functional materials

P. Tingaut, T. Zimmermann and G. Sèbe, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 20105
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM32956E

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