Effect of fibril length, aspect ratio and surface charge on ultralow shear-induced structuring in micro and nanofibrillated cellulose aqueous suspensions

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  • Omya International AG


Micro and nanofibrillated celluloses are essentially one-dimensional high aspect ratio particulate materials, which can undergo two-dimensional layer (band) structuring under controlled ultralow rates of shear, typically ~ 0.01 s−1. Depending on the fibril aspect ratio this structure formation acts to develop internal strain within the gel matrix, inducing solid–liquid phase separation. By controlling the evolving rheological properties in this way, it is possible to induce significant dewatering of the otherwise strongly water holding gel, while preserving gel structure. Microscopic observation of the corresponding freeze-dried aerogels, in which the structure of the wet state has been preserved due to water removal by sublimation, suggests the formation of a close packed liquid crystal-like structuration in the case where the fibril length is sufficient to drive entanglement under axial orientation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117–136
Number of pages20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Dewatering of nanocelulose gels, Microfibrillated cellulose, Nanocellulose, Rheology, Rheopectic structuring

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