Nanocellulose is a non-toxic, biodegradable, biocompatible,compostable cellulosic nanomaterial. It has several noble properties including lightweight, mechanical strength, liquid crystalline phases, and biocompatibility. Thus, nanocellulose has many potential applications in automotive, aerospace, food packagining, 3-D printing industries, and others. However, current technologies of nanocellulose including cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) have several drawbacks: high production costs, caustic and toxic processes, and poor adhesion to polymeric materials.
Innotech Materials has developed catalytic oxidation and cleavage of cellulose for the synthesis of oxidized nanocellulose using iron-activated peroxide oxidation (WO 2017/075417 A1). Cellulose is first oxidized to yield an oxidized cellulose, which is subsequently cleaved to produce an oxidized nanocellulose. The process is cost- and energy effectiv, environmentally friendly, and produces inexpensive nanocellulose.
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