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William T. Winter

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

The broad objective of this project is to produce wholly biobased and biodegradable nanocomposites using cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibers dispersed in biodegradable matrices. These will be compared in terms of thermal, mechanical, and biodegradation properties with existing glass filled composites made from petrochemicals. During the past 4 months we have acquired a 22 l reactor and have begun to explore the problems of scaleup in nanocrystal batch size. We are also preparing to extrude our own composite objects for testing and to develop biodegradation tests based on ASTM and ISO propocols.

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