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Polymers 2010, 2(4), 728-765;

Cellulosic Bionanocomposites: A Review of Preparation, Properties and Applications

The International School of Paper, Print Media and Biomaterials (Pagora), Grenoble Institute of Technology, BP 65 - 38402 Saint Martin d'Hères Cedex, France
Division of Manufacturing and Design of Wood and Bionanocomposites, Luleå University of Technology (LTU) – SE – 97187 Luleå, Sweden
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Received: 9 October 2010 / Revised: 29 October 2010 / Accepted: 8 December 2010 / Published: 13 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Polymers)
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Cellulose is the most abundant biomass material in nature. Extracted from natural fibers, its hierarchical and multi-level organization allows different kinds of nanoscaled cellulosic fillers—called cellulose nanocrystals or microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)—to be obtained. Recently, such cellulose nanoparticles have been the focus of an exponentially increasing number of works or reviews devoted to understanding such materials and their applications. Major studies over the last decades have shown that cellulose nanoparticles could be used as fillers to improve mechanical and barrier properties of biocomposites. Their use for industrial packaging is being investigated, with continuous studies to find innovative solutions for efficient and sustainable systems. Processing is more and more important and different systems are detailed in this paper depending on the polymer solubility, i.e., (i) hydrosoluble systems, (ii) non-hydrosoluble systems, and (iii) emulsion systems. This paper intends to give a clear overview of cellulose nanoparticles reinforced composites with more than 150 references by describing their preparation, characterization, properties and applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: cellulose nanocrystals; cellulose whiskers; microfibrillated cellulose; bio-nanocomposites cellulose nanocrystals; cellulose whiskers; microfibrillated cellulose; bio-nanocomposites

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Siqueira, G.; Bras, J.; Dufresne, A. Cellulosic Bionanocomposites: A Review of Preparation, Properties and Applications. Polymers 2010, 2, 728-765.

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