Special Issue "Nanocellulose: Synthesis and Versatile Applications"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2020.
Interests: Supercapacitors; Piezoelectric sensors; Energy harvesting and storage devices; Biomedical microdevices; Biomeasurements; Processing and characterization of nanomaterial and biomaterials; Scalable manufacturing using printing techniques
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It has been shown recently that nanocellulose is a potential bio-based, renewable, and disposable material of the future. Nanocellulose has potential applications in many different areas, such as food packaging, electronics substrate, sensors, composite materials, nutrition, medicine, and so on. There is a range of nanomaterials which go under the umbrella of nanocellulose, such as nano/micro-fibrillated cellulose, cellulose nanocrystals, and bacterial cellulose. The sources of nanocellulose are practically unlimited, as long as something grows on the earth, which is a desired future aspect. Nanocellulose has exceptional mechanical properties, which makes it interesting for composite hardening. Nanocellulose is also biocompatible, which makes it interesting for medical applications, for example, as stem cell culturing and tissue engineering, as well as vision of organ-on-a-chip applications. Cellulose nanocrystals possess a fundamental property of piezoelectricity, which is promising for sensor applications. One of the most tempting applications of nanocellulose would be the replacement of fossil-fuel-based plastics with this sustainable and, thus, remarkable material.
The aim of this Special Issue is to gather new achievements in the area of nanocellulose, ranging from manufacturing to the versatility of potential applications. Both experimental and theoretical aspects are welcome, as long as there is a clear vision of applicability and usability of this future material. We hope to get a huge range of reports from various points of view, since this field is still relatively new and there is a lot of room for new ideas and innovations. Here, I will cite the honorable physicist Richard Feynmann, who visualized the potential of nanotechnology and nanomaterials as a solution for future challenges and applications: “There's plenty of room at the bottom.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sampo Tuukkanen
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- nanofibrillated cellulose
- microfibrillated cellulose
- cellulose nanocrystals