Cellulose Nanocrystals

  • Photo: Forest Products Association of Canada

Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), cellulose in crystalline form is extracted from woody biomass and processed into a solid flake, liquid and gel forms NCC increases the strength and stiffness of materials it’s added to. Just a small amount can increase resistance to stress threefold, making it attractive as a high-performance reinforcing material in the manufacturing of improved construction materials. 

Cellulose nanocrystals has the potential to generate a new bioeconomy based on innovative, high environmental value approaches. Its properties and many potential forms allow many uses, including:

  • Innovative coatings, new fillers for papermaking and bioplastics
  • Reinforced composites
  • Biocomposites for bone replacement
  • Paint additives
  • Electronic paper printers

These nanomaterials and their byproducts will be used in many industrial sectors, particularly:

  • Forest Products
  • Aerospace
  • Chemicals
  • Automobile
  • Composites
  • Coatings