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Processing and Characterization of Nanocellulose Composites: The Leap from Poly(lactic acid) to Polyamide 6

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posted on 2020-05-02, 03:18 authored by Caitlyn Michelle ClarksonCaitlyn Michelle Clarkson
This disseration covers the processing and characterization of nanocellulose polymer composites. In this disseration, two fiber spinning methods were developed to create high stiffness nanocomposite fibers from renewably-sourced materials and the properties of these nanocomposites were evaluated. Additionally, bulk nanocomposites were created and some of the properties of these materials, for different types of nanoparticles, are also discussed. Evaluation of nanocellulose as a nucleation agent in poly(lactic acid) is also presented for very small concentrations of nanocelluloses in a plasticized polymer.


Forestry Sector P3Nano Grant Number 107528

National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship: Sustainable Electronics Grant Grant Number 1144843

Forest Products Laboratory Grant Number 17000384


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Materials Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Jeffrey Youngblood

Additional Committee Member 2

Carlos Martinez

Additional Committee Member 3

Kendra Erk

Additional Committee Member 4

John Howarter

Additional Committee Member 5

Gregory T. Schueneman