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Reports Outline Nanofibers Findings from University of Agriculture

May 6, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Current study results on Nanofibers have been published. According to news reporting originating in Gorgan, Iran, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "All-cellulose nanocomposite (ACNC) film was produced from sugarcane bagasse nanofibers using N,N-dimethylacetamide/lithium chloride solvent. The average diameter of bagasse fibers (14 mu m) was downsized to 39 nm after disk grinding process."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Agriculture, "X-ray diffraction showed that apparent crystallinity and crystallite size decreased relatively to an increased duration of dissolution time. Thermogravimetric analysis confirmed that thermal stability of the ACNC was slightly less than that of the pure cellulose nanofiber sheet. Tensile strength of the fiber sheet, nanofiber sheet and ACNC prepared with 10 min dissolution time were 8, 101 and 140 MPa, respectively. Water vapor permeability (WVP) of the ACNC film increased relatively to an increased duration of dissolution time."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "ACNC can be considered as a multi-performance material with potential for application in cellulose-based food packaging owing to its promising properties (tough, bio-based, biodegradable and acceptable levels of WVP)."

For more information on this research see: All-cellulose nanocomposite film made from bagasse cellulose nanofibers for food packaging application. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2014;104():59-65. Carbohydrate Polymers can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Carbohydrate Polymers - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/405871)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Ghaderi, Gorgon Univ Agr Sci & Nat Resources, Dept. of Wood Engn & Technol, Gorgan 4913815739, Iran. Additional authors for this research include M. Mousavi, H. Yousefi and M. Labbafi (see also Nanofibers).

Keywords for this news article include: Iran, Asia, Gorgan, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies

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