Nanocelluloses: Engineered Applications and Sustainability (JE-NANOCELLULOSES)

From scientific prowess and promises a decade ago, nanotechnology has now firmly emerged as a technology critical in modern manufacturing and for developing economies in many different fields. An example of the top down approach converts wood to cellulose fibers, subsequently processed as a source of nanocellulose fiber and nanocellulose crystals. Produced from cellulose- the most abundant polymer - Nanocellulose opens new horizons as a source of renewable nanoparticles thanks to its potential for wide availability and low cost. This nanocellulose symposium will review recent progress in production and applications - both industrial and emerging. It will be divided in three topics: 1) fundamentals; 2) applications and emerging fields and 3) sustainability.

The fundamental section investigates the interface between science and engineering. It explores the interactions of nanoparticles with their environment and analyses the effect at the various length scales. Work on the frontiers of self-assembling, adsorption (gas, liquid), light-nanoparticles interaction, and analytical/characterization techniques will be presented.

The nanocellulose application section will review the recent progress, development, opportunities and challenge of industrial nanotechnology. Of special interest is the use of nanocellulose for biomedical applications, diagnostics, biomaterials, nanoparticles, personal care, new paper products and nanoelectronics.

As nanocellulose has become a reality, engineers now have to focus on sustainability. It is crucial to develop sustainable processes and products, relying on renewable materials, recyclable products and environmentally friendly concepts. The sustainability section will address these concerns as well as the use of nanocellulose for environmental applications.

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