The solarleaf project publishes outcomes on cellulose nanopaper modification on the journal Soft Matter

It was released today as a Just Accepted Manuscript the article “Tailoring water stability of cellulose nanopaper by surface functionalization”. The publication is a study on cellulose nanopaper topochemical functionalization, attained via dipping the nanopaper in an organic solution of acyl chlorides. The surface chemistry of cellulose nanocrystals represents a hot topic in the nanocelluloses research.Continue reading “The solarleaf project publishes outcomes on cellulose nanopaper modification on the journal Soft Matter”

About cellulose

Formal discovery of cellulose, the structural material of plants, dates 1838 in the work of Anselme Payen,1 a French chemist also known for the discovery of the enzyme diastase. Cellulose technological importance is mainly connected to paper industry, even if cellulose derivatives, like rayon and cellophane, are part of our life for decades. Additional challengesContinue reading “About cellulose”

Why Nanopaper?

Considering the outmost attention put by the European Community on biodegradable and renewable plastics, the cellulose nanopaper (CNP), consisting of transparent and flexible paper sheets that are completely biodegradable, can find straightworward technological application in packaging, coating and many other applications. Nanopaper is a self-standing transparent film, that can be produced by deposition of nanocellulose crystals or fibers. With regard to chemicalContinue reading “Why Nanopaper?”