Herty Advanced Materials Development Center
Georgia Southern University

Nanocellulose

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With a strength-to-weight ratio 8-times higher than steel and stiffness greater than glass fibers, nanocellulose is recognized as a “platform” material in the development of next generation products. Herty offers laboratory, pilot, and production quantities of nanocellulose and a range of nanocellulose types including nanocrystalline and nanofibrillar morphologies. Applications include pharmaceutical and cosmetics, plastics and film, filled composites, viscosity modifiers, and proppants.

Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) can be thought of as the “ultimate” sub-structure of natural fibers. Made up of about 25 chains of 13,000 glucose units, these renewable bio-based nanomaterials are typically 100-200 nm in length and 5-10 nm wide. The high crystallinity of CNC imparts tremendous strength. Although nanocrystals have hydrophilic surfaces, they do not swell in water. With a Young’s modulus of 150 GPa and tensile strength equal to 10 GPa, the strength properties of CNC is properties similar to Kevlar®. Nanocellulose production is limited but interest in using this novel material in new product development is high. Fortunately, Herty has the capability to provide a range of products to meet your development needs.

Nanocellulose Question 1
Herty can supply laboratory, pilot, and production quantities of nanocellulose. Our extensive processing capabilities can meet most every need!

Nanocellulose Question 2
Our nanocellulose production is fully-integrated within our extensive wet-laid forming capabilities. Looking to use nanocellulose to produce composite roll-stock? Herty is here!

Nanocellulose Question 3
Our nanocellulose production can be integrated with our compounding and melt-blown polymer systems. Let us produce nanocellulose to your specifications or develop tailor-made materials with unique characteristics, which we can blend to produce master batches, spin into fibers, and inject mold into test bars and coupons. Herty is Your Center for nanocellulose!

For more information please contact Dr. Omar Ali.

Last updated: 5/16/2017

Herty Advanced Materials Development Center110 Brampton Rd., Savannah, Georgia 31408 • (912) 963-2600