Market focus: Cellulose nanocrystals
Many bio-based polymers have been developed, but they have shortcomings that render them unsuitable for many applications. The use of cellulose based nanomaterials is therefore viewed as a means to improve the performance of bio-based polymers in market such as packaging and automotive, without compromising their properties and sustainability. Their development, especially in the automotive industry in Japan, is growing fast.
Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) or cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) possess a range of enhanced mechanical, thermal, and optical properties. This article covers:
- Properties of CNC
- Applications of CNC
- Recent commercial activity
- CNC producer profiles
Market focus: Automotive nanocomposites
Achieving emission cuts necessitates stringent fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, which have forced OEMs worldwide to seek to reduce vehicle weight. The most effective way to reduce fuel consumption and decrease CO2 emissions is to produce lighter vehicles, and lightweight vehicle production has increased considerably. However, vehicle safety is usually compromised by lightweighting. Therefore, there is a need to develop new materials to overcome safety issues. Materials covered in this article include cellulose nanofibers, graphene and carbon nanotubes.
Also in this issue:
- Round-up of the latest investments, deals and funding initiatives in nanotech.
- The latest nanotech business, research and product news.
- Latest graphene business news.
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