Symbiosis of surface-induced multicomponent reactions and Pickering emulsions as advanced synthetic tools for nanocellulose modification

  • Heise, Katja (Principal investigator)

Project Details


SYMBIOCELL explores two advanced synthetic tools for cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) functionalization: (i) multicomponent reactions, as an efficient way for the ligation of multiple molecular building blocks to the nanocrystal surface in one-pot fashion, enabling mild aqueous conditions, and (ii) CNC-stabilized oil-in-water Pickering emulsions guiding the accessibility and reactivity of the nanocrystallite surfaces. The symbiosis between these tools will be demonstrated by fabricating a new generation of cellulose-based nanocomposites with anisotropic, functionalized architectures. SYMBIOCELL has, thus, the potential for leading to neoteric avenues for cellulosic materials and their application, bridging the gap between the synthetic chemistry and materials science.
Effective start/end date01/09/202031/01/2023

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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