Title

Green Hybrid Composites From Cellulose Nanocrystal

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

Cellulose is the most abundant renewable polymer in nature. The hierarchical organization of natural plant fibers allows the extraction of nanoscale highly crystalline core fraction of cellulosic microfibrils known as cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs). There have been an increasing number of research and development efforts in both industrial and scientific communities to study the properties and characteristics of CNC especially in polymer composite materials with the aim of improving various structural and mechanical properties, as well as, developing novel functional materials using the CNCs as building blocks. This chapter provides a review on various aspects of these novel materials that include preparation, extraction method, and surface modification techniques of CNC, as well as, polymer/CNC interfacial considerations, processing methods, and properties such as mechanical, thermal, rheological, and gas barrier performance.

Publication Title

Hybrid Polymer Composite Materials

First Page

65

Last Page

99

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