Production of nanocellulose from lignocellulosic biomass wastes: Prospects and limitations

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Abstract

The search for renewable alternatives to petroleum products for industrial applications is increasing. Each year, many tons of inedible plant material is produced, much of which is landfilled. Cellulose, the most abundant biopolymer in nature, present in lignocellulosic biomass wastes can be extracted and converted to nanometric scale. Nanocellulose (NC) has unique characteristics for the development of new materials: abundance, renewability and biodegradability, mechanical properties and its nanometric dimensions open a wide range of possible properties and applications to be discovered. One of the most promising uses of NC is as reinforcement of mechanical properties in polymeric bionanocomposites. This review aims to give a recent view on this emerging nanomaterial, focusing on lignocellulosic biomass wastes extraction procedures, and its application in new technological developments. The challenges and future opportunities of bionanocomposites reinforced with NC will be discussed, as well as the remaining obstacles to its valorization and use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship
EditorsGermano Veiga, Jose Machado, Filomena Soares
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages719-725
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319913339
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event3rd Conference on Innovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Regional HELIX 2018 - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Volume505
ISSN (Print)1876-1100
ISSN (Electronic)1876-1119

Conference

Conference3rd Conference on Innovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Regional HELIX 2018
CountryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period27/06/1829/06/18

Keywords

  • Bionanocomposites
  • Cellulose nanocrystals
  • Cellulose nanofibers
  • Lignocellulosic biomass
  • Nanocellulose

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