Our news editors obtained a quote from the research, "Here we present a process combining hydrodynamic alignment with a dispersion-gel transition that produces homogeneous and smooth filaments from a low-concentration dispersion of cellulose nanofibrils in water. The preferential fibril orientation along the filament direction can be controlled by the process parameters. The specific ultimate strength is considerably higher than previously reported filaments made of cellulose nanofibrils. The strength is even in line with the strongest cellulose pulp fibres extracted from wood with the same degree of fibril alignment. Successful nanoscale alignment before gelation demands a proper separation of the timescales involved."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Somewhat surprisingly, the device must not be too small if this is to be achieved."
For more information on this research see: Hydrodynamic alignment and assembly of nanofibrils resulting in strong cellulose filaments.
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