• PT Youtube
  • PT Facebook
  • PT Linkedin
  • PT Twitter
1/9/2012

Nano-Cellulose Fibers: Renewable Reinforcemens for Plastics

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) is a renewable reinforcing fiber material derived from wood or other biomass. Pulp material is milled and then hydrolyzed to remove amorphous content. The resulting NCC is separated and concentrated into uniform, natural nano-particles averaging 100 nm long x 5 mm diam. NCC has been incorporated in PE, PP, and biopolymers (PLA and PHA), where it enhances mechanical and barrier properties, as well as abrasion resistance. NCC is envisioned as improving prospects for bioplastics in interior and structural automotive parts.
 
This new material was developed by CelluForce in Montreal, a joint venture of FPInnovations and Domtar, Inc. CelluForce has just completed the first plant to make NCC, capable of 1 ton/day. CelluForce will present information on NCC at the BioPlastek 2012 Forum, sponsored by Schotland Business Research, March 28-30 in Arlington, Va. To register, visit www.bioplastek.com.

RELATED CONTENT

  • Now It's Here: An Objective Test of Masterbatch Dispersion

    There's a new grading system for color concentrates and additive masterbatches.

  • Weather Testing For the Real World

    Broader use of plastics in building products and a growing desire to minimize painting of automotive parts is increasing the need for reliable predictions of light stability and weathering performance.

  • Materials

    To succeed in Detroit, it’s not enough for polypropylene-based TPO elastomers to be low-cost, lightweight, easily processable, and recyclable. They also have to look good for the life of the vehicle.


Resources