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The discovery of the unique properties of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and the scale-up of production processes to the demonstration plant stage are exciting developments in the search for new value-added products that can be manufactured from forest resources. The now extensive research literature on CNC has suggested many novel industrial applications, but has also identified common technological challenges where lack of fundamental knowledge is hindering the development of these opportunities.
These challenges are: aqueous dispersion, non-aqueous dispersion, strength reinforcement potential, characterization, compatibilization and heat stability. The Nanocellulose Challenges Symposium at Paperweek 2018 presented research plans and early results for seven collaborative research projects that are funded by a partnership of FPInnovations, CelluForce, NSERC, PRIMA Quebec, Ontario Centres of Excellence and Innotech Alberta, and that involve researchers at seven Canadian universities. All seven projects are now at their midterm or beyond and will have many exciting results to report in two oral sessions and a student poster session at Paperweek 2019.
Thursday, February 7
Room: Notre-Dame
Opening Remarks
John Schmidt, FPInnovations
''Effects of surfactants on spray drying particle morphology and aqueous dispersibility of cellulose nanocrystals''
Yaman Boluk, Yussef Esparza, University of Alberta, Tri-Dung Ngo, Innotech Alberta, Carole Fraschini FPInnovations
''Aqueous dispersion of functionalized cellulose nanocrystals and their physical properties''
Michael Tam, M.S. Islam, M. Ramasamy, Waterloo University
''Understanding surface and interfacial behaviour of native and graft modified CNC''
Michael Cunningham, Joe Glasing, Pascale Champagne, Queen’s University
''Dispersion of CNCs in polar and non-polar media – dictated by surface properties, improved by sonication and quantified by rheology?''
Marie-Claude Heuzey / Jason Tavares, Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, Charles Bruel, Mélanie Girard, Wissam Nakhle
''Understanding and Improving the Thermal Properties of Nanocellulose Materials''
Francesco D’Acierno, Mark MacLachan, Carl Michal, UBC, Wadood Hamad, FPInnovations
''Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals for Controlled Distribution in Latex Polymer Systems''
Emily Cranston, McMaster University, Marc Dubé, University of Ottawa, Richard Berry, CelluForce, Carole Fraschini, FPInnovations
''Reinforcement Potential of Nanomaterials Derived From Wood Fibre''
Cagri Ayranci, Mark McDermott, Abdelhaq Benkaddour, Nicole Jankovic, University of Alberta, Emily Cranston, McMaster University, Wadood Hamad, FPInnovations
''Use of advanced scanning probe techniques to characterize CNCs and CNC-based blends''
Karthik Shankar, University of Alberta
Poster Presentations
''Compatibilizing Cellulose Nanocrystals with Monomers for Latex Synthesis''
Michael Kiriakou, Emily Cranston
''The Role of Cellulose Nanocrystals in Latex Film Formation''
Elina Niinaara
''Nanomechanical Testing of Cellulose Nanocrystal-Nylon 6 Composite Films''
Daniel Osorio
''Effect of Cellulose Nanocrystal Hydrophobicity on Adhesive Properties''
Amir Pakdel, Marc Dubé
''Adhesive Property Improvements via Cellulose Nanocrystal Incorporation''
Vida Gabriel
''Synthesis, Chemical Characterization and Optoelectronic Properties of Phthalocyanine-Conjugated CNCs''
Kazai Alam, Karthik Shankar
''Modification of CNC via Free Radical Reactions''
Nicole Jankovic, Cagri Ayranci
''Promotion of CNC self-assembly in non-aqueous solvents''
Charles Bruel, Marie-Claude Heuzey / Jason Tavares
''Ultrasonication-assisted dispersion of CNC : a comprehensive study''
Mélanie Girard
''Intrinsic Viscosity & Rheological Properties of CNC as functions of dispersion''
Wissam Nakhle
''Optical tuning of cation-exchanged free-standing iridescent cellulose nanocrystal films through thermal ageing''
Francesco D’Arcierno, Mark MacLachlan