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

Edited By

Koon-Yang Lee

ISBN 9780367506728
Published July 1, 2020 by CRC Press
314 Pages 8 Color & 91 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents

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


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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.