Water-soluble polysaccharides promoting production of redispersible nanocellulose

Liqiu Hu, Wenyang Xu, Jan Gustafsson, Rajesh Koppolu, Qingbo Wang, Emil Rosqvist, Anna Sundberg, Jouko Peltonen, Stefan Willför, Martti Toivakka, Chunlin Xu

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Abstract

To date, the energy-intensive production and high-water content severely limits nanocellulose applications on a large scale off-site. In this study, adding water-soluble polysaccharides (PS) to achieve an integrated process of water-redispersible nanocellulose production was well established. The addition of PS, in particular carboxymethylated-galactoglucomannan (cm-GGM), facilitates fibre fibrillation enabling homogenization at a higher solid content at 1.5 wt% compared with around 0.4 wt% for neat fibre. More importantly, the addition of cm-GGM saved 73 % energy in comparison without PS addition. Good water redispersibility of thus-prepared nanocellulose was validated in viewpoints of size distribution, morphology, viscosity and film properties as compared with neat nanocellulose. The tensile strength and optical transmittance of nanocellulose films increased to 116 MPa and 77 % compared to those without PS addition of 62 MPa and 74 %, respectively. Collectively, this study provides a new avenue for large-volume production of redispersible nanocellulose at a high solid content with less energy-consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Article number119976
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Volume297
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Fibre-to-fibre interaction, Energy consumption decrease
  • Nanocellulose
  • Redispersibility
  • Water-soluble polysaccharides
  • Tensile Strength
  • Water
  • Polysaccharides
  • Cellulose

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