1st Edition

Nanocellulose and Sustainability Production, Properties, Applications, and Case Studies

Edited By Koon-Yang Lee Copyright 2018
    314 Pages 8 Color & 91 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    318 Pages 8 Color & 91 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    314 Pages 8 Color & 91 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Nanometre scale cellulose fibres, or nanocellulose, are emerging materials for various advanced applications. Nanocellulose and Sustainability: Production, Properties, Applications, and Case Studies provides a comprehensive overview of nanocellulose production, nanocellulose properties and nanocellulose in selected applications. This book serves as an entry level reference text for undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and professional engineers working in the area of nanocellulose and sustainability.


    • Summarises the surface and bulk properties of various types of nanocellulose
    • Reviews the application of nanocellulose in water purification and optically transparent materials
    • Provides an overview of nanocellulose as Pickering emulsifier, binder for loose natural fibres to produce non-woven preforms, as well as nanocellulose-based aerogels
    • Presents a techno-economic analysis of industrial bacterial cellulose production
    • Discusses the pilot scale production of cellulose nanocrystals

    Chapter 1: Process Modelling and Techno-Economic Evaluation of an Industrial Airlift Bacterial Cellulose Fermentation Process

    Chapter 2: Production of Cellulose Nanofibres

    Chapter 3: Preparation of Cellulose Nanocrystals: Background, Conventions and New Developments

    Chapter 4: Oxidative Chemistry in Preparation and Modification on Cellulose Nanoparticles

    Chapter 5: Crystallinity and Thermal Stability of Nanocellulose

    Chapter 6: Crucial Interfacial Features of Nanocellulose Materials

    Chapter 7: Nanocellulose-Based Membranes for Water Purification: Fundamental Concepts and Scale-Up Potential

    Chapter 8: Applications of Nanocellulose as Optically Transparent Papers and Composites

    Chapter 9: Application of Nanocellulose as Pickering Emulsifier

    Chapter 10: Upgrading the Properties of Woven and Non-Woven (Ligno)Cellulosic Fibre Preforms with Nanocellulose

    Chapter 11: Cellulose-Based Aerogels

    Chapter 12: Production of Cellulose Nanocrystals at InnoTech Alberta



    Dr Koon-Yang Lee (KYL) is a currently a Lecturer in Composites Manufacturing in the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London (ICL). His work focuses on the manufacturing and development of novel cellulose-based polymer composites with a focus on tailoring the interface between two (or more) phases to bridge the gap between chemistry, materials science and engineering. Prior to this appointment, he was a lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London. Earlier, he worked as a senior post-doctoral fellow (Habilitant) at the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Research, University of Vienna and prior to this, as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering, ICL (seconded to a carbon fibre multi-axial producer, Formax UK, recently acquired by Hexcel).

    Dr Lee currently has one national phase patent application in the US and Europe (US2013273350/EP2627816), and (co-)authored 31 peer-reviewed journal articles (incl. Green Chem – highlighted on the journal cover and Comp. Sci. Tech. – the top ranked composites journal), 7 invited book chapters and 4 confidential industrial technical reports for Cytec Engineered Materials UK and Mondelez International. His expertise are in the manufacturing of cellulose (nano)composites, hierarchical composites, polymer foams and lifecycle assessment of composite materials. His work has been recognised for excellence with the Dudley-Newitt Prize (2012) awarded by ICL and Student Achievement Award (2011), awarded by the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS). KYL is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy. His research is supported by various UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) grants.