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Using a fully recyclable dicarboxylic acid for producing dispersible and thermally stable cellulose nanomaterials from different cellulosic sources

Formally Refereed
Authors: Chao Jia, Liheng Chen, Ziqiang Shao, Umesh P. Agarwal, Liangbing Hu, J. Y. Zhu
Year: 2017
Type: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-017-1277-y
Source: Cellulose. 24(6): 2483-2498.

Abstract

We fabricated cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) from different cellulose materials (bleached eucalyptus pulp (BEP), spruce dissolving pulp (SDP) and cotton based qualitative filter paper (QFP) using concentrated oxalic acid hydrolysis and subsequent mechanical fibrillation (for CNFs). The process was green as acid can easily be recovered, and the prepared cellulose nanomaterials were carboxylated and thermally stable. In detail, the CNC yield from the different materials was similar. After hydrolysis, the DP of the cellulose materials decreased substantially, whereas the mechanical fibrillation of the cellulosic solid residues (CSRs) did not dramatically reduce the DP of cellulose. CNCs with different aspect ratios were produced from different starting materials by oxalic acid hydrolysis. The CNCs and CNFs obtained from the BEP and QFP possessed more uniform dimensions than those from SDP. On the other hand, CNFs derived from SDP presented the best suspension stability. FTIR analyses verified esterification of cellulose by oxalic acid hydrolysis. The results from both XRD and Raman spectroscopy indicated that whereas XRD crystallinity of CNCs from BEP and QFP did not change significantly, there was some change in Raman crystallinity of these samples. Raman spectra of SDP CNCs indicated that the acid hydrolysis preferably removed cellulose I portion of the samples and therefore the CNCs become cellulose II enriched. TGA revealed the CNCs obtained from QFP exhibited higher thermal stability compared to those from BEP and SDP, and all the CNCs possessed better thermal stability than that of CNCs from sulfuric acid hydrolysis. The excellent properties of prepared cellulose nanomaterials will be conducive to their application in different fields.

Keywords

Cellulose nanocrystals, cellulose nanofibrils, oxalic acid, hydrolysis, Carboxylation

Citation

Jia, Chao; Chen, Liheng; Shao, Ziqiang; Agarwal, Umesh P.; Hu, Liangbing; Zhu, J.Y. 2017. Using a fully recyclable dicarboxylic acid for producing dispersible and thermally stable cellulose nanomaterials from different cellulosic sources. Cellulose. 24(6): 2483-2498.
Citations
https://www.fs.usda.gov/research/treesearch/54689