By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Researchers detail new data in Macromolecular Research. According to news originating from Madison, Wisconsin, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) films was characterized using novel experimental techniques complemented by molecular simulations. The characteristic birefringence exhibited by CNC films was utilized to calculate the in-plane CTE of self-organized and shear-oriented self-standing CNC films from room temperature to 100 degrees C using polarized light image correlation."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from United States Forest Service, "CNC alignment was estimated via Hermans order parameter (S) from 2D X-ray diffraction measurements. We found that films with no preferential CNC orientation through the thickness (S: similar to 0.0) exhibited an isotropic CTE (similar to 25 ppm/K). In contrast, films with aligned CNC orientations (S: similar to 0.4 to 0.8) had an anisotropic CTE response: For the highest CNC alignment (S: 0.8), the CTE parallel to CNC alignment was similar to 9 ppm/K, while that perpendicular to CNC alignment was similar to 158 ppm/K CNC film thermal expansion was proposed to be due primarily to single crystal expansion and CNC-CNC interfacial motion."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The relative contributions of inter- and intracrystal responses to heating were explored using molecular dynamics simulations."
For more information on this research see: Thermal Expansion of Self-Organized and Shear-Oriented Cellulose Nanocrystal Films. Biomacromolecules, 2013;14(8):2900-2908. Biomacromolecules can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society - www.acs.org; Biomacromolecules - www.pubs.acs.org/journal/bomaf6)
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J.A. Diaz, US Forest Serv, Forest Prod Lab, Madison, WI 53726, United States. Additional authors for this research include X.W. Wu, A. Martini, J.P. Youngblood and R.J. Moon (see also Macromolecular Research).
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