Nanocellulose, a tiny fiber with huge applications

Tiffany Abitbol, Amit Rivkin, Yifeng Cao, Yuval Nevo, Eldho Abraham, Tal Ben-Shalom, Shaul Lapidot, Oded Shoseyov*

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Nanocellulose is of increasing interest for a range of applications relevant to the fields of material science and biomedical engineering due to its renewable nature, anisotropic shape, excellent mechanical properties, good biocompatibility, tailorable surface chemistry, and interesting optical properties. We discuss the main areas of nanocellulose research: photonics, films and foams, surface modifications, nanocomposites, and medical devices. These tiny nanocellulose fibers have huge potential in many applications, from flexible optoelectronics to scaffolds for tissue regeneration. We hope to impart the readers with some of the excitement that currently surrounds nanocellulose research, which arises from the green nature of the particles, their fascinating physical and chemical properties, and the diversity of applications that can be impacted by this material.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)76-88
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank David Ernst Weber for design of the table of contents graphic, and the Minerva Center for Biohybrid Complex Systems for support. TA is grateful to the Azrieli Foundation for the award of an Azrieli Fellowship, and YC and EA acknowledge the PBC post-doctoral fellowship for funding. This work was partially supported by a Minerva Grant and two FP7 programs: BRIMEE (608910) and NCCFOAM (604003-2). In addition, the authors would like to thank the Hebrew University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.


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