(FUNMAT) Functionally Metalized Nanocellulose For Future Smart Materials

Funding: H2020. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships
Region: European
Project period: 2021 – 2024
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ahmed Said Azizi Samir (ahmed.azizisamir@imdea.org)

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 itsr 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 is making these naturally nano-structured objects functional with new properties allowing the design and engineering of smarter materials. FUNMAT 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 the 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.

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