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Nanocellulose is a term referring to nano-structured cellulose. This may be either cellulose nanofibers (CNF) also called microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC or CNC), or bacterial nanocellulose, which refers to nano-structured cellulose produced by bacteria.
CNF is a material composed of nanosized cellulose fibrils with a high aspect ratio (length to width ratio). Typical fibril widths are 5–20 nanometers with a wide range of lengths, typically several micrometers. CNF may be isolated from the wood-based fibers using mechanical methods which expose the pulp to high shear forces, ripping the larger wood-fibres apart into nanofibers.
Nanocellulose can also be obtained from native fibers by an acid hydrolysis, giving rise to highly crystalline and rigid nanoparticles (often referred to as CNC or nanowhiskers) which are shorter (100s to 1000 nanometers) than the nanofibrils obtained through homogenization, microfluiodization or grinding routes. The resulting material is known as nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC or CNC).
We have three main types of products
1. CNC (or NCC): Cellulose nano-crystals or nanocrystalline cellulose
2. NFC (MFC): Nano (or micro) fibrillated cellulose
3. BC: Bacterial cellulose, Bacterial nanocellulose, Biocellulose
Customers can choose their preferred original materials, such as dissolving cotton pulp, bleached sulfate softwood pulp, bleached sulfate hardwood pulp to produce NCC or NFC.
Precautions when Handling. Be careful when handling CNC/CNF powder as it can get dispersed in air fairly easily. We recommend using a good cartridge type respirator.