Colloids, Nanostructures, and Supramolecular Assemblies for Papermaking

Yongsheng Wang, Haiyan Huo, Xueren Qian, Jing Shen

Abstract


The dominating role of colloid science in papermaking processes, as exemplified by wet-end chemistry, is now well known. The concept of colloids dates back to about 160 years ago. In certain cases, however, the term “colloids” can have an overlapping meaning with the modern terms “nanomaterials” and “supramolecular assemblies”. The latter terms, and the scientists who have gravitated to those terms, have enriched colloid science, providing new insights into colloidal systems. It is proposed here that reconsidering papermaking in light of these multi-disciplinary sciences has potential to facilitate effective teaching and learning pertaining to universities that have pulp and paper programs. Enhanced integration of basic sciences with papermaking may further our understanding and broaden existing research areas, which is likely to create breakthroughs in basic research, applied research, and product development.

Keywords


Colloid science; Nanoscience; Supramolecular science; Wet-end chemistry; Teaching; Learning; Research; Papermaking

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