Market & Research Review: new developments within MFC and nanocellulose
Ole Martin Kristiansen | April 25, 2017
There is a high number of new developments going on in the field of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and nanocellulose these days. For example, there are several global initiatives on saving the world from the excess of plastic materials and their pollution by utilizing MFC and nanocellulose. Another hot topic is successful implants of 3D printed nanocellulose being created in Sweden. My third pick of the week is reducing plastic in packaging by biodegradable material being developed in Canada. Let’s take a closer look at this week’s compilation of news from the world of MFC and nanocellulose.
Thermoplastic compounds reinforced by nanocellulose being developed
The US based biotechnology company American Process Inc. (API) and the Dutch companies Will & Co BV, and PRG BV, have signed a development agreement to develop and produce so-called “ready-to-use thermoplastic compounds reinforced with nanocellulose. This is reported plasticnews.com. API produces nanocellulose under the brand name of Bioplus and their Dutch development partners have seen a high potential for these types of composites. The thermal stability of the nanocellulose under high temperatures is mentioned as one of the reasons why this new and sustainable material can be an alternative for other renewable reinforcing materials. It will be very interesting to follow this initiative going forward!
Implantation of 3D-bioprinted human cartilage in mice