Cellulose nanocrystals as consolidant of paper artefacts. A new concept of conservation of Cultural Heritage

A new work from the NanoLeaves Lab in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, from ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development and from the University of Rome La Sapienza, focuses on the use of sustainable CNCs in paper conservation. The proposed approach is benignContinue reading “Cellulose nanocrystals as consolidant of paper artefacts. A new concept of conservation of Cultural Heritage”

New papers published on functionalized thiophene – arylene based organic semiconductors

During these first months of 2021 I have published two papers concerning my previous research activities started at the University of Bari Aldo Moro. Among my specializations, I am expert in the synthesis and characterization of conjugated materials based on arylenethienylene structures. The first of these studies describes the preparation and characterization of diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)Continue reading “New papers published on functionalized thiophene – arylene based organic semiconductors”

New work from the NanoLeaves lab: pyrene-modified nanocrystals

The reductive amination reaction is an interesting tool to achieve one terminus functionalization of cellulose nanocrystals. Since at NanoLeaves laboratory we are interested in novel applications of CNCs, we have used pyrene luminescence to understand if the new functionality introduced on CNCs may interact preferentially with some metal cations. In our work we compare theContinue reading “New work from the NanoLeaves lab: pyrene-modified nanocrystals”

Call for papers: “Sustainable Materials and Processes for Organic Electronics” – Sustainability

Dr. Mariacecilia Pasini, Prof. Varun Vhora and Prof. Alessandra Operamolla are the Guest Editors of the special Issue entitled “Sustainable Materials and Processes for Organic Electronics” proposed for the journal Sustainability (Publisher MDPI) with deadline October 21st 2021. The special issue will put chief attention to sustainable materials, processes, energy production and devices linked toContinue reading “Call for papers: “Sustainable Materials and Processes for Organic Electronics” – Sustainability”

Our new article published on Polymers – MDPI investigates the electrochemical performance of fullerene – CNC hybrid films

A new paper, released in 2021, collects our results on the electrochemical and physico-chemical investigation performed on Langmuir-Shaefer co-deposited films of sulfated cellulose nanocrystals and fulleropyrrolidines (FP). The work is done in collaboration between the University of Pisa, the University of Salento and the University of Trieste, and extends the results and the comprehension onContinue reading “Our new article published on Polymers – MDPI investigates the electrochemical performance of fullerene – CNC hybrid films”

Felicitations to Prof. Sabu Thomas for his birth anniversary

Last November 21st 2020, I was invited by the Alumni group of Prof. Sabu Thomas from Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU), Kottayam, Kerala, India to participate in a global party to celebrate the brilliant career of Prof. Thomas and his 60th anniversary. Prof. Sabu Thomas is presently Vice Cancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi University in IndiaContinue reading “Felicitations to Prof. Sabu Thomas for his birth anniversary”

Our contribution in the book “Nanocellulose Based Composites for Electronics” (Elsevier, 2020)

A contribution from the NanoLeaves Lab has been included as Chapter 3, entitled “Nanocellulosed-base functional paper” in the book “Nanocellulose Based Composites for Electronics”, published on October 9th 2020 by Elsevier. The book, edited by Prof. Sabu Thomas and Dr. Yasin Beeran Pottathara, “presents recent developments in the synthesis and applications of nanocellulose composites inContinue reading “Our contribution in the book “Nanocellulose Based Composites for Electronics” (Elsevier, 2020)”

Roadmap of nanocellulose to the market: expected applications

What are the potentialities of nanocelluloses exploitation? And how far are we from their entrance into the global market?  Innovative enterprises are already on the market with pilot production of various forms of nanocellulose materials. The following worldwide known companies have already started to produce various forms of nanocellulose, including NFC (nanofibrillated cellulose), MFC (microfibrillated cellulose) and CNC (cellulose nanocrystals): Celluforce, Alberta Innovate, Blue Goose Biorefineries and FPInnovations  (Canada), US Forest Service – Forest Products Laboratory and University of Maine (USA), Melodea Ltd and Innventia AB (Sweden),  Nippon paper, Daicel and Oji PaperContinue reading “Roadmap of nanocellulose to the market: expected applications”

Open Access Material from the Blog NanoLeaves

Up to date, I have published papers on the topic of nanocellulose and cellulose nanocrystals. My research interested are more in defining innovative applications, from the technological point of view, for nanocelluloses, rather than working on the nanocellulose extraction and production. Here is a list of open access materials that I have produced so far,Continue reading “Open Access Material from the Blog NanoLeaves”

New paper “Improving 2D-organization of fullerene Langmuir-Schäfer thin films by interaction with cellulose nanocrystals” published on Carbon (Elsevier)

The paper Improving 2D-organization of fullerene Langmuir-Schäfer thin films by interaction with cellulose nanocrystals is the fruit of a collaboration between the Universities of Pisa, Bari, Salento, and Trieste and of the Basque Foundation for Science. The paper is an in-deep investigation on the ability of sulfated CNCs to assist the two-dimensional organization of fulleropyrrolidines atContinue reading “New paper “Improving 2D-organization of fullerene Langmuir-Schäfer thin films by interaction with cellulose nanocrystals” published on Carbon (Elsevier)”