Preparation and Characterization of Cellulose Nanofibrils with Varying Chemical Compositions

Chan-Woo Park, Song-Yi Han, Hyun-Woo Namgung, Pureun-narae Seo, Sun-Young Lee, Seung-Hwan Lee

Abstract


Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) can be divided into lignocellulose nanofibrils (LCNF), holocellulose nanofibrils (HCNF), and pure cellulose nanofibrils (PCNF), dependent upon their chemical composition. The effect of the chemical composition on the defibrillation efficiency and the properties of the CNFs prepared by wet disk-milling was investigated using six different wood species. The defibrillation efficiency was improved when the lignin and hemicellulose was removed, and smaller fibers with diameters in the order of PCNF > HCNF > LCNF were produced. The average diameter of the hardwood LCNF was finer than that of the softwood LCNFs, but there was no noticeable difference in the diameters of the HCNF and the PCNF from the different wood species. The filtration time of CNF suspensions and the tensile properties of nanopaper sheets were longer and higher, respectively, in the order of HCNF > PCNF > LCNF from different wood species.

Keywords


Cellulose nanofibril; Wet disk-milling; Delignification; Alkali treatment; Nanopaper

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