Special Issue "Nanocellulose-Based Functional Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017)
Nanocellulose (NC) is a collective term that refers to cellulose-based nanomaterials such as Nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC), microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), and bacterial cellulose (BC). Owing to a superior chemical and electrochemical stability, excellent mechanical strength and stiffness, large surface area and its light weight, as well as wide availability, renewability, and biodegradability, NC materials have drawn extensive attention as sustainable and cost-effective additives in composite materials, transparent and flexible films. In addition, many reports have recently been published that focus on the creation of advanced cellulose-based functional nanomaterials through the grafting of functional molecules onto the cellulosic surface; a task facilitated by the abundant presence of hydroxyl groups that can be exploited as the attaching point for a variety of organic functionalities according to the well-consolidated polysaccharide chemistry.
This Special Issue aims to cover relevant research in the field of NC-based materials. In particular, manuscripts presenting innovative composites as well as new functional materials are most welcome. Further, the subjects of the manuscripts can include, without being limited to, the following research areas: 1) NC-based composite nanomaterials possessing optical, electronic, magnetic properties for applications in the fields of energy storage, flexible electronics, fire-resistant fabrics, sensor actuators, electro-active materials, and absorbents for catalyst support and environmental remediation; 2) covalent functionalization of NC with the purpose of preparing new smart materials for chemical and biochemical applications in the fields of catalysis, chemical sensing, drug delivery and regenerative medicine; 3) use of NC-based materials for the improvement of paper properties in paper-crafting and the production of security paper, printed electronics and paper-based microfluidic devices (µPADs).
Prof. Dr. Tommaso Carofiglio
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- Nanocrystalline Cellulose
- Microfibrillated Cellulose
- Bacterial Cellulose
- Functional Materials
- Cellulose Nanocomposites