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Volume 91, Issue 5


A sustainable strategy for production and functionalization of nanocelluloses

Armando Córdova / Samson Afewerki / Rana Alimohammadzadeh / Italo Sanhueza / Cheuk-Wai Tai
  • Department of Material Sciences, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, Stockholm 106 91, Sweden
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/ Sinke H. Osong
  • Department of Chemical Engineering, Mid Sweden University, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall 85170, Sweden
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/ Per Engstrand
  • Department of Chemical Engineering, Mid Sweden University, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall 85170, Sweden
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/ Ismail Ibrahem
Published Online: 2018-11-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2018-0204


A sustainable strategy for the neat production and surface functionalization of nanocellulose from wood pulp is disclosed. It is based on the combination of organocatalysis and click chemistry (“organoclick” chemistry) and starts with nanocellulose production by organic acid catalyzed hydrolysis and esterification of the pulp under neat conditions followed by homogenization. This nanocellulose fabrication route is scalable, reduces energy consumption and the organic acid can be efficiently recycled. Next, the surface is catalytically engineered by “organoclick” chemistry, which allows for selective and versatile attachment of different organic molecules (e.g. fluorescent probes, catalyst and pharmaceuticals). It also enables binding of metal ions and nanoparticles. This was exemplified by the fabrication of a heterogeneous nanocellulose-palladium nanoparticle catalyst, which is used for Suzuki cross-coupling transformations in water. The disclosed surface functionalization methodology is broad in scope and applicable to different nanocelluloses and cellulose based materials as well.

Keywords: click chemistry; cross-coupling reaction; heterogeneous catalysis; nanocellulose; NICE-2016; organocatalysis; surface engineering

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A collection of invited papers based on presentations at the 3rd International Conference on Bioinspired and Biobased Chemistry and Materials: Nature Inspires Creativity Engineers (NICE-2016), Nice, France, 16–19 October 2016.


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Published Online: 2018-11-08

Published in Print: 2019-05-27

Citation Information: Pure and Applied Chemistry, Volume 91, Issue 5, Pages 865–874, ISSN (Online) 1365-3075, ISSN (Print) 0033-4545, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2018-0204.

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