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Materials Science at Oregon State University

Title: Cellulose nanocrystals: Basic properties and current research - PLEASE NOTE: Seminar in Kelley 1003 at 3:00 PM

Date: Friday, Jan 15th
Presenter: John Simonson, Professor, OSU Wood Science and Engineering

Abstract


Cellulose nanocrystals (CNXLs) are one of nature?s more interesting nanomaterials. CNXLs can be extracted from a variety of natural materials, including trees, cotton, sea animals and harvested from bacterial colonies. CNXLs have exceptional properties, being stronger than steel and stiffer than aluminum. A wide variety of applications have been proposed, from paper additives to cancer imaging agents to reinforcing agents for ?smart? polymer composites. We will cover some of the properties of CNXLs and present some recent research results, including some of the mysteries that are currently puzzling the research community studying this green, non-toxic, affordable and naturally renewable material.