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Nanocellulose and Nanocellulose-Derived Functional Materials-2021

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2021 (closed)

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Haipeng Yu, Professor, Northeast Forestry University, China.
Dr. Haipeng Yu is a full professor and head of Key laboratory of Wood Science and Engineering of State Forestry Administration, Northeast Forestry University (China). He graduated and received his Ph.D. from Northeast Forestry University. He started as an assistant professor at Northeast Forestry University in 2005, and was promoted to associate professor and professor in 2007 and 2011. His research interests are focused on wood-based renewable materials and composites, nanocellulose and its nanocomposites. Special attention is dedicated to biomass refinery via green solvents & technologies.

Wenshuai Chen, Professor, Northeast Forestry University, China.
Dr. Wenshuai Chen received his BS degree (2008) and PhD degree (2013) in wood science and technology from Northeast Forestry University, China. Now he is a professor at Northeast Forestry University. His research interests include wood physics, bionanocomposites, nanocellulose, aerogels, and development of natural nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion as well as water purification.

Zhiqiang Fang, Associate Professor, South China University of Technology, China.
Zhiqiang Fang received his Ph.D. degree from South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou, China. As a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland from 2012 to 2013, he worked on transparent paper for flexible electronics. He did his postdoctoral research in materials science and engineering at SCUT. Currently, he is an associate professor in the School of Light Industry Science and Engineering at SCUT. His research interests cover multiscale cellulose materials for flexible electronics, energy storage devices and water treatments. He has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals with total citations of 4200 (google scholar citations). He also serves as a reviewer of several Journals.

Md. Iftekhar Shams, Professor, Khulna University, Bangladesh.
Dr. Shams received BSc (Hon’s) in Forestry from Khulna University, Bangladesh. Later he completed his MS and Ph.D in Wood Technology from Kyoto University, Japan under Japanese Government Monbukagakushu scholarship. From 2008-2010 he worked as JSPS Postdoctoral fellow and later 2012-14 working as visiting scientist in Kyoto University, Japan. He received ‘UGC AWARD’ from University Grants Commission of Bangladesh in the field of forest and agricultural sciences in 2015. His research involves production of biocomposites and extraction of nanofibers from biomass resources and their utilization for optical and structural purposes.


Nanocellulose is a novel type of cellulose nanomaterials that mainly synthesized by trees, cotton, or other higher plants. Owing to the intrinsic nanofiber structure and the advantageous mechanical, thermal, and optical properties, nanocellulose has become a star nanomaterial in recent material science field. Various nanofibrillaltion, modification and assemble strategies were developed for extracting nanocellulose from renewable materials, adjusting the nanocellulose surface physical/chemistry properties, and constructing advanced functional materials/devices. The Special Issue "Nanocellulose and Nanocellulose-Derived Functional Materials" covers research in fundamental and applied science of nanocellulose research. It focuses on recent progress and research studies of nanocellulose related to nanocellulose fabrication, nanocellulose modification, nanocellulose-derived functional materials and the application of nanocellulose and nanocellulose-derived materials in various fields. The scope of interests includes but is not limited to the following topics:
● Nanocellulose fabrication
● Nanocellulose smulation and characterization
● Nanocellulose modification
● Nanocellulose-derived films/nanopapers
● Nanocellulose-derived foams/aerogels
● Application of nanocellulose-derived material


Nanocellulose; Nanofibrillated cellulose; Cellulose nanocrystals; Bacterial cellulose; Modification; Nanopapers; Aerogels

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Adsorption Properties and Cost of Dicarboxylic Nanocellulose on Copper Ions for Wastewater Treatment

    Xiaozheng Sun, Yu Yang, Qiang He, Jianye Li, Rui Li, Haitao Chen
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.3, pp. 751-766, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.016933
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Nanocellulose and Nanocellulose-Derived Functional Materials-2021)
    Abstract The accumulation of Cu2+ in water is a potential threat to human health and environment. Dicarboxylic nanocellulose (DNC) with rich carboxyl groups was prepared through the NaIO4–NaClO2 sequential oxidation method to efficiently remove copper ions, and the Cu2+ adsorption properties and cost were studied. The maximum adsorption capacity reached 184.2 mg/g at pH 6 and an adsorbent dose of 5 g/L. Theoretically, the maximum adsorption capacities of monocarboxylic nanocellulose (MNC), DNC, and tricarboxylic nanocellulose (TNC) with carboxyl groups as the main adsorption sites were calculated to be 228.7, 261.3, and 148.1 mg/g, respectively. The Cu2+ adsorption costs of MNC, DNC, and TNC were… More >

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    Adsorption Properties and Cost of Dicarboxylic Nanocellulose on Copper Ions for Wastewater Treatment

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