Polymer nanocomposites with nanowhiskers isolated from microcrystalline cellulose

Jeffrey R. Capadona, Kadhiravan Shanmuganathan, Stephanie Trittschuh, Scott Seidel, Stuart J. Rowan, Christoph Weder*

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The ability to produce polymer nanocomposites, which comprise a percolating, three-dimensional network of well-individualized nanofibers, is important to maximize the reinforcing effect of the nanofibers. While microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) has been previously shown to improve the mechanical properties of polymer composites, the formation of fibrous percolating networks within the nanocomposites has been stifled. Through the utilization of a template approach, nanocomposites based on an ethylene oxide/epichlorohydrin copolymer and nanowhiskers isolated from MCC were produced that display the maximum mechanical reinforcement predicted by the percolation model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)712-716
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 13
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Biomaterials
  • General Medicine


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