Production of new high-performance CNF biocomposites (Cellulose nano-composites)
Treesearch research themes:
The aim is to develop new methods for large-scale melt processing of thermoplastic composites reinforced with high content of cellulose nano-fibrils. The goal is a thermoplastic process capable of mixing and shaping thermoplastic compositions reinforced with 30 % or more nano-cellulose, obtaining a functional composite stiffness at least 10 times of the polymer matrix. Alternatively, a modulus of more than 7 GPa would allow the use of biocomposites in semi-structural applications. The approach is to explore the possibilities from three perspectives; from the polymer system, the cellulose reinforcement and the thermoplastic processing.
Treesearch aims at creating a national platform to support the research on new materials from the forest. Research projects conducted within Treesearch research areas and the researchers who are active in these projects are welcome to join the platform.