Highly porous thermoplastic composite and carbon aerogel from cellulose nanocrystals

James D. Beard*, Stephen J. Eichhorn

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Polyethylene oxide (PEO) has been used to produce a porous composite with cellulose nanocrystals via solvent-free aqueous processing and freeze-drying. This material has a microporous structure and an amphipathic nature with a high affinity for oils. The porous structure is retained after carbonisation, producing conductive carbon aerogel-like material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-251
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Volume221
Early online date17 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Aerogel
  • Cellulose nanocrystal
  • Nanocellulose
  • Nanocomposites
  • Oil absorption
  • Polymeric composites

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