Special Issue "Emerging Trends in Nanocelluloses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019
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
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
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- Cellulose nanocrystals
- Cellulose nanofibrils
- Structure-property relationships
- Hierarchical templating
- Water, energy, and environment
- Flexible electronics, sensors, and photonics