Title: Tunicate Nanocellulose: Preparation and Applications
Date: October 30, 2017
Presented by: Dr. Safieh Momeni
Abstract: Cellulose is a well-known and important structure for various applications in the society, including energy, chemicals and materials. Representative applications include ethanol production after cellulose hydrolysis and fermentation, pulp and paper production after kraft pulping of wood and regenerated cellulose from dissolving pulps. Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on earth. For different purposes, it has been isolated most commonly from wood, followed by other plants, algae, and bacteria. In fact, tunicate, which is widely distributed worldwide, is to our knowledge the only animal resource for cellulose. Recently cellulose has been highlighted for further development due to its abundance, renewability, sustainability and biocompatibility; these qualities are in high demand by consumers, industry and government. The applications of nanocellulose materials would include barrier films, antimicrobial films, transparent films, flexible displays, reinforcing fillers for different polymers, biomedical implants, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, fibers and textiles, templates for electronic components, separation membranes, batteries, supercapacitors, electroactive polymers and others.
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