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Special Issue "Emerging Trends in Nanocelluloses"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Theo van de Ven

Department of Chemistry, McGill University, 3420 University Street, Montreal, Canada
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Interests: colloids; nanocellulose; paper making
Guest Editor
Dr. Amir Sheikhi

California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics (C-MIT), Department of Bioengineering, University of California-Los Angeles, 570 Westwood Plaza, CNSI 4523, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Interests: soft matter; colloidal systems; macromolecules; hydrogels; active interfaces; biomaterials; nanocelluloses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent decades have witnessed a remarkable enthusiasm for taking advantage of natural resources to develop advanced materials that, not only may replace synthetic, often hazardous alternatives, but also provide unique properties, enabling significant technological advances. Among natural materials, cellulose, the most abundant biopolymer in the world, benefitting from unique physicochemical and structural characteristics, has been able to play a key role in a wide range of advanced applications. The immense interest towards cellulose relies on facile nanoengineering of cellulose fibrils, yielding a library of nanocelluloses, namely cellulose nanofibrils (CNF), cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), and hairy CNCs (HCNC), which may be produced in varying sizes (nm to µm), morphologies (e.g., fibrils, needles, spheres), surface features (bare or coated), chemical functionality (neutral, anionic, and cationic), and forms (colloids, hydrogels, aerogels, films, emulsions). To this end, understanding structure-property relationships is inevitable in exploring highly innovative nanocellulose-based solutions to the unmet materials challenges of the 21st century.

This Special Issue focuses on the state-of-the-art aspects of nanocelluloses across the breadth of applied sustainable nanomaterials and nanocomposites with special attention to structure-property relationships, which has enabled the applications of nanocelluloses in environmental remediation, water technology, rheology modification, matrix reinforcement, cargo delivery and biomedical engineering, bioinks for 3D printing, catalysis, energy storage, flexible electronics, sensors and actuators, photonics, food industry, cosmetic and hygiene products, functional emulsions, smart packaging, and other emerging horizons. Authors are welcome to submit their original research and/or review articles.

Prof. Theo van de Ven
Dr. Amir Sheikhi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Nanocellulose
  • Cellulose nanocrystals
  • Cellulose nanofibrils
  • Nanocomposites
  • Structure-property relationships
  • Coating
  • Hierarchical templating
  • Water, energy, and environment
  • Flexible electronics, sensors, and photonics
  • Nanomedicine

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Research

Open AccessArticle Morphological, Release and Antibacterial Performances of Amoxicillin-Loaded Cellulose Aerogels
Molecules 2018, 23(8), 2082; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23082082
Received: 27 July 2018 / Revised: 9 August 2018 / Accepted: 14 August 2018 / Published: 20 August 2018
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Abstract
Cellulose has been widely used in the biomedical field. In this study, novel cellulose aerogels were firstly prepared in a NaOH-based solvent system by a facile casting method. Then amoxicillin was successfully loaded into cellulose aerogels with different loadings. The morphology and structure
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Cellulose has been widely used in the biomedical field. In this study, novel cellulose aerogels were firstly prepared in a NaOH-based solvent system by a facile casting method. Then amoxicillin was successfully loaded into cellulose aerogels with different loadings. The morphology and structure of the cellulose aerogels were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The drug release and antibacterial activities were also evaluated. The drug release results showed that cellulose aerogels have controlled amoxicillin release performance. In vitro antibacterial assay demonstrated that the cellulose aerogels exhibited excellent antibacterial activity with the amoxicillin dose-dependent activity. Therefore, the developed cellulose aerogels display controlled release behavior and efficient antibacterial performance, thus confirming their potential for biomedical applications. Full article
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