Strong and stiff: High-performance cellulose nanocrystal/poly(vinyl alcohol) composite fibers

Won Jun Lee, Adam J. Clancy, Eero Kontturi, Alexander Bismarck, Milo S P Shaffer*

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The mechanical properties of rodlike cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) suggest great potential as bioderived reinforcement in (nano)composites. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) is a useful industrial material and very compatible with CNC chemistry. High performance CNC/PVOH composite fibers were produced coaxial coagulation spinning, followed by hot-drawing. We showed that CNCs increase the alignment and crystallinity of PVOH, as well as providing direct reinforcement, leading to enhanced fiber strength and stiffness. At 40 wt % CNC loading, the strength and stiffness reached 880 MPa and 29.9 GPa, exceeding the properties of most other nanocellulose based composite fibers previously reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31500-31504
Number of pages5
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • cellulose nanocrystal
  • composite
  • fiber
  • nanocellulose
  • poly vinyl alcohol

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