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The disclosure relates to a fullerene-derived cellulose nanocrystals, process for preparing same and methods of using said nanocrystals.


The present disclosure relates to a formaldehyde-based adhesive comprising Nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC), a process for preparing same and uses thereof.


The disclosure relates to polyurethane composites comprising nanocrystalline cellulose and method for improving properties of polyurethanes thereof.


Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC)-based supramolecular materials, a method for their preparation and their use in thermoplastic and thermoset polymer composites are disclosed. Supramolecular materials of NCC and one or two polymers are synthesized by in situ surface graft copohmerization in a multitude of solvent systems, including water. The nano-scale size supramolecular materials are engineered to have a unique combination of lowr polarity and high hydrophobicity and function as copohmers for demanding pohmeric systems such as, but not limited to, polyolefins and polyesters. Nanocomposite materials of enhanced functionality and mechanical properties are produced by compounding the NCC-based supramolecular materials with polymer matrices. The supramolecular materials are used in composite development for packaging materials, structural composites for automotive and construction, as sandwiched foam composites or, combined with biocompatible polymers, in medical applications.


The present disclosure provides a core-shell nanocomposite material comprising an intrinsically conductive polymer (ICP) and surface-modified cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) as well as synthesis for preparing same and its use thereof in various applications.


Patent
CelluForce Inc. | Date: 2013-07-17

The present disclosure relates to surface modified nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) prepared by chemical modification of NCC as well as its use thereof, including as carrier of particular chemical compounds. The surface of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) was modified with chitosan oligosaccharide (CS_(OS)) by selectively oxidizing the primary alcohol moieties of NCC followed by coupling of the amino groups of CS_(OS )to the oxidized NCC to provide the desired material (NCC-CS_(OS)).


The present disclosure provides a core-shell nanocomposite material comprising an intrinsically conductive polymer (ICP) polymerized on the surface of oxidized cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) as well as synthesis for preparing same and its use thereof in various applications.


Patent
CelluForce Inc. and University of British Columbia | Date: 2014-02-12

Composite hydrogels with a chiral organization with tunable responsive photonic properties are conceived. A polymerizable hydrophilic monomer such as acrylamide is reacted in the presence of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) to give a composite hydrogel with cellulose nanocrystals embedded in a chiral nematic organization. Through control of the reaction conditions, the hydrogel can exhibit photonic colour that can be varied throughout the visible and near-infrared regions. The colour shifts substantially and reversibly upon swelling and shrinking of the hydrogel through solvation in aqueous and nonaqueous media. The responsive properties can be tailored both through choice of monomer and/or through chemical modification of the NCC surface. Examples of possible applications of the materials are: tunable reflective filters, chemical sensors, stationary phases for electrophoresis of chiral or achiral substances, and as a template to generate new materials with chiral nematic structures.


The disclosure relates to a novel process for functionalizing NCC, a method for producing amine-cured epoxy-based nanocomposites through the use of said functionalized NCC, and nanocomposites thereof. The process for functionalizating NCC comprises providing a mixture of NCC and one or more monomers. The mixture is suitable for free radical polymerization and the monomer is cross-linkable with epoxy and is aqueous soluble. The polymerization takes place in the presence of a free radical initiator and oxygen is purged from the mixture and the initiator solution. The epoxy-based nanocomposite is produced by mixing the funtionalized NCC with an amine-curable epoxy resin and a hardener, in a solvent, and allowing the mixture to cure.


This invention describes development of a novel flexible film comprising nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), or cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), and a controlled amount of a suitable zwitterionic (amphoteric) surfactant. The films are iridescent and have a high level of structural integrity, where mechanical properties can be engineered to suit the end applications. Flexible NCC films can be used in a multitude of applications, for instance, electrostatic shielding, gas barrier, hard coatings, printing.

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