The commericial development of nanocellulose over the last few years has mainly been driven by the ever-increasing prices of petroleum and the high-energy intensity in production of chemicals and synthetic polymers. Today there is a substantial amount of research on nanostructured cellulose, and commercial development is now underway with some very promising applications. Utilizing the appropriate conversion and extraction technologies as well as modification and characterization, nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), micro/nanofibrillar cellulose (MFC/NFC) and bacterial cellulose (BC) can be integrated into bio-based products.
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Their use in novel materials and various applications potentially has substantial environmental and economic benefits. Nanocellulose can be produced from several raw materials and applying various pre-treatments and has great potential as a strength enhancer in paper, as additives in composites, in emulsions, as oxygen barriers for food packaging and in biomedical devices.
Nanocellulose is also being developed for novel use in applications ranging from scaffolds in tissue engineering, artificial skin and cartilage, wound healing and vessel substitutes to biodegradable food packaging. Applications in polymer reinforcement and anti-microbial films will be hitting the market soon. FP Innovations estimates the market to be worth $250 million in North America by 2020.
This fully updated and revised report includes:
- Technology description and production methods
- Market structure, supply chain, patenting and publications
- Production volumes, total, forecasted and by producer
- Markets for nanocellulose, including composites, electronics, construction, paper and pulp, filtration, medicine and life sciences, paints, films, coatings, rheological modifiers, aerogels and oil industry
- Commercialization timelines to 2020, by market
- Producer, research centre and application developer profiles
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Table of Contents
Executive Summary 4
A novel class of renewable and sustainable nanomaterials.
Nanocellulose properties, advantages and applications.
Applications of NanoFibrillar Cellulose (NFC), NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC) and Bacterial Cellulose (BC).
Production Methods 15
Nanocellulose production techniques.
Regulations & Standards 17
Initiatives and studies in nanocellulose standards, toxicity and regulation.
Production Volumes 20
Facilities, producers, production capacities, products and prices.
Patents And Publications 23
Research papers and patent publications on nanocellulose from 1997-2013.
Graphene Market Supply Chain 27
Overview of the nanocellulose supply chain including producers, application developers and OEMs.
Nanocellulose the composites market, including technology roadmap, applications, market penetration estimates and companies.
Paper & Pulp 35
Nanocellulose the paper & pulp market, including technology roadmap, applications, market penetration estimates and companies.
Nanocellulose the biomedical market, including technology roadmap, applications, market penetration estimates and companies.
Coatings & Films 43
Nanocellulose the coatings & films market, including technology roadmap, applications, market penetration estimates and companies.
Rheology Modifiers 46
Nanocellulose the rheology modifiers market, including technology roadmap, applications, market penetration estimates and companies.
Other Applications 49
Graphene in the sensors, aerogels, oil, filtration and electronics markets.
Producers, application developers and OEMs.
Research Centres 82
Prominent nanocellulose research centers and groups.
List of Tables
Table 1: Nanocellulose production capactities, tons per year, all types, forecast from 2009 to 2020
Table 2: Properties of cellulose nanofibrils relative to metallic and polymeric materials
Table 3: Nanocellulose properties and applications thereof
Table 4: Types of nanocellulose Table 5: Nanocellulose nanocrystal sources and scale
Table 6: Safety of Micro/Nanofibrillated cellulose
Table 7: Nanocellulose producers and production capacity 2013 (Current and projected)
Table 8: Specialty Cellulose Pulp Capacity-000s tons per year
Table 9: Nanocellulose production capactities, tons per year, all types, forecast from 2009 to 2020
Table 10: Published patent publications for nanocellulose, 1997-2013
Table 11: Research publications on nanocellulose materials and composites, 1996-2013
Table 12: Nanocellulose patents by field of application to 2013
Table 13: Nanocellulose patents by organisation
Table 14: Nanocellulose market supply chain
Table 15: Limitations of nanocellulose in the development of polymer nanocomposites
Table 16: Nanocellulose in the composites market, application developers and target market estimates
Table 17: Nanocellulose in the paper and pulp market, application developers and target market esti- mates
Table 18: Nanocellulose in the biomedical and life sciences market, application developers and target market estimates
Table 19: Nanocellulose in the coatings and films market, application developers and target market estimates