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Posted: Mar 29, 2012
NanoCrystalline Cellulose: CelluForce to present at Bioplastek Forum 2012
(Nanowerk News) CelluForce, the world leader in the commercial development of NanoCrystaline Cellulose (NCC), announced that it will participate in the Bioplastek Forum 2012 being held March 28-30, 2012 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Wadood Hamad, Principal Scientist and expert in NCC, will present product development opportunities with NCC on March 29, 2012.
The Forum will address the opportunity bioplastics represent in sustainability and environmental leadership for the chemical and materials industries, as well as the issues confronting the bioplastics value chain.
NCC is an advanced material derived from wood fibre that improves the strength, durability and toughness of products. It can reduce damage caused by wear, abrasion and light. This high-value nanomaterial can also be incorporated into systems to make light reflective structures (tunable from ultraviolet to infrared), impermeable to gas and stable over time. NCC can transform the performance of existing products as well as help create new, unique and improved products. Natural, renewable, recyclable, compostable and bio-degradable, NCC also has the potential to become a contributor to the green economy in numerous industrial sectors in the coming decades.
''We have developed proprietary technology to incorporate NCC as high-performance reinforcement in many polymeric systems, including poly(lactic acid), polyhydroxyalkanoates and polyolefins,'' says Dr. Hamad. ''NCC allows us to develop high-performance and functional bio-based barrier and engineering materials with tunable properties.''
The presentation will also explore other potential developments using NCC in organic and inorganic systems.
About CelluForce Inc.
CelluForce Inc. is the world leader in the commercial development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC). The company is a joint venture of Domtar Corporation and FPInnovations. CelluForce manufactures NCC in the world's first demonstration plant of its kind, located in Windsor, Québec, develops new applications for NCC, markets and sells it. The company currently has a workforce of 30 employees and its head office is in Montreal. www.celluforce.com