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Thermodynamics of Interaction on Nanocellulose Surfaces

In this project we will aim to elucidate the boundaries of nanoparticleself-assembly, using cellulose nanocrystals with different surface functionalities as model system. To achieve this, we will develop a knowledge platform covering the thermodynamic driving forces for nanoparticle self-assembly as a function of nanoparticle surface functionalities and compare it to their kinetic limitations to move into structured materials. This will then be applied to create hierarchical two- and three-dimensional structures with controlled long-range order through self-assembly of rod-like and platelet-like nanoparticles.

Date:1 Oct 2014  →  15 Feb 2019
Keywords:thermodymamics, cellulose nanocrystals, isothermal titration calorimetry
Disciplines:Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Theoretical and computational chemistry, Other chemical sciences, Catalysis and reacting systems engineering, Chemical product design and formulation, General chemical and biochemical engineering, Process engineering, Separation and membrane technologies, Transport phenomena, Other (bio)chemical engineering
Project type:PhD project