Comprehensive Characterization of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC): Method Development and Effect of Processing Parameters


  • Investigate the influence of Alberta Innovates Technology Futures processing parameters on the quality of CNC being produced
  • Characterize the surface, morphological and thermal properties of CNC
  • Develop a robust method to determine the quantity of sulfur ester bonds
  • Develop a predictive model to determine why superior individual properties of CNC are not realized when used in bulk materials


  • Understanding the properties of CNC has the potential to produce commodities that can replace most fossil-fuel based material platforms
  • Literature gaps will be assessed and closure to some issues can aid in the large scale deployment of CNC in high value materials

Key Milestones

  • Report on the properties of CNC to what affects the quality
  • Proof of concept on a robust method to determine sulfur content in CNC
  • Communicate the developed methods to the research consortium via publications and conference proceedings
  • Report factors inhibiting the transfer of super individualistic behavior of CNC into bulk material
  • Determine economic and commercial viability