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Functionally Metalized Nanocellulose For Future Smart Materials

Project description

Novel functional materials based on nanocellulose

Nanocellulose is a naturally occurring material composed of nanofibrils that have been isolated from a cellulosic material. That source material can be trees, various plants, algae or bacteria. Thanks to its high aspect ratio and high surface area, it could serve as a revolutionary renewable building block for nanomaterials. A major challenge to the design and engineering of smart nanomaterials using nanocellulose is making this natural nanostructured material functional with new properties. The EU-funded FUNMAT project plans to push back the frontiers in the field. The project will establish the proper conditions for metallising the surface of nanocellulose and design new functional materials on it.


Designing at the nanoscale is a promising and challenging strategy to innovate new building-block materials with improved properties and functionalities. This is a critical point to answer the increased demand of multifunctional materials. Nanocellulose is a functional structured nanomaterial engineered by nature long time before us. It maintains the optimal structural integrity in plant cell wall allowing plants to play their vital role in the ecosystem. Thanks to their high aspect ratio, high surface area and their 150 GPa, nanocellulose could be considered as a revolutionary renewable nano-building block material. Nanocellulose was principally investigated and used as bio-based filler in polymer nanocomposites. One of challenges in the developments of nanocellulose will be to make these naturally nano-structured objects functional with new properties allowing the design and engineering of smarter materials. Our proposal aims to bring nanocellulose to novel frontiers by functionalization of their large surface area and designing new innovative hybrids at the nanoscale. Main objectives of our project are: 1) setting up conditions for nanocellulose surface metallization. 2) Characterizing properties of these innovative nanohybrides and 3) Designing new functional materials based on metalized nanocellulose. The project is an opportunity to the fellow to restart his career in the exciting field of nanocellulose.


Net EU contribution
€ 202 219,31
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 202 219,76

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