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API Europe Gets Funding for Conversion of Biomass to Sugars and Nanocellulose (9/14/2016)

API Europe announced this week it is one of 14 European companies participating in a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value-added chemicals and nanocellulose. The project has received funding of EUR 9.9 million from the Bio-Based Industries public private partnership, a program under EU Horizon 2020.

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Iranian Scientists Use Clay Nanoparticles to Produce Stronger Paper (8/11/2016)

According to a report this week by the MEHR News Agency (Tehran, Iran), Iranian researchers have successfully added clay nanoparticles to paper production process to increase the mechanical strength of paper.

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Eggs in Silver Nano-Coated Paper Trays Stay Fresh Longer (8/09/2016)

According to a report this past week by I4UNews (Lewes, De., USA), paper trays coated with a "concoction" of silver nanoparticles created by Indian researchers can extend the shelf life of eggs by up to two weeks, a scientist said late this past month.

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Microcrystalline Cellulose Market Forecast to Surpass $1 Billion by 2024 (8/12/2016)

According to a new report by Global Market Insights (Ocean View, Del., USA) microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) market size was more than $630 million in 2015 and is forecast to surpass $1 billion by 2024, growing at more than 7% CAGR from 2016 to 2024.

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Nippon Paper Continues Head Start in Cellulose Nanofiber Production (8/30/2016)

According to a report this week by Nikkei Asian Review (Tokyo, Japan), Nippon Paper (Tokyo, Japan) is continuing to build a production facility for cellulose nanofiber, with an eye toward tapping demand for use as an additive in food and cosmetics.

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New Major Nanocellulose Project Starting in Northern Sweden (2/15/2017)

With the aim to establish production of crystalline nanocellulose (CNC), a project will be started for development of the test bed TinyBTalented and new applications on a large scale. With a budget of SEK 8 million, the project also aims to establish working methods for future application development. SP Processum will be acting as project leader for this project, several participants, including Holmen, Melodea, Mid Sweden University, MoRe Research, Organofuel, RISE Chemistry, Materials and Surfaces, as well as S2Medical, SEKAB E-Technology, and Tetra Pak

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Stora Enso Invests Further in Commercialization of Microfibrillated Cellulose in Paper (1/12/2017)

Stora Enso (Helsinki, Finland) announced yesterday (July 11) the company is investing a total of EUR 9.1 million into its consumer board mills in Imatra and Ingerois, Finland, and Fors, Sweden, to continue the commercialization of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and to accelerate product development.

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Dr. Rosén Awarded Alf de Ruvo Scholarship (1/31/2017)

Dr. Tomas Rosén’s studies into the dynamics of cellulose nanofibrils secured him this year’s Alf de Ruvo scholarship, established in memory of SCA (Sweden) employee Alf de Ruvo. His findings offer the potential to develop new ways of making cellulose materials that could, one day, replace fossil based material.

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Nippon Paper to Build CNF-Reinforced Resin Demonstration Plant at Fuji Mill (1/10/2017)

Nippon Paper Industries Co. (NPI), Japan, announced that it will build a demonstration plant at Fuji Mill (Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan) to promote practical applications of CNF-reinforced resin. CNF-reinforced resin is obtained by mixing CNF into resin, such as polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and nylon. The facility is scheduled to start its operation in June 2017. The annual production of CNF-reinforced resin will be more than 10 metric tons. Samples will be provided for various area of industries, including automobiles, building materials, and home appliances.

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Fuji Pigment Establishes Manufacturing Process for CNF Composite Material (6/13/2017)

Fuji Pigment Co., Japan, has established a process for manufacturing Cellulose Nanofiber in water and organic solvent (e.g., alcohol, glycol ether, pyrrolidone-based solvent etc.). 

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UPM Cellulosic Biomaterial Used for Cancer Cell Research (5/20/2016)

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) at the University of Helsinki, and UPM Biochemicals (Finland), has started a joint research project with the purpose of investigating the applicability of UPM’s new cellulose-based gel material for cancer research.

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Iranian Scientists Produce Nano Antibacterial Packaging Paper (9/02/2016)

According to a report by the MEHR News Agency (Tehran, Iran), researchers from the University of Tehran have applied silver nanoparticles and nanocellulose at laboratorial scale to produce papers with antibacterial properties specific to food packaging.

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Frost & Sullivan Names DuPont Industrial Biosciences European Company of Year (6/20/2017)

Award recognizes DuPont's success in offering the industry's most innovative bio-based materials, design, and management. 

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CelluForce, Fibria Sign Partnership Agreement for Sell/Manufacture of Cellulose Nanocrystals (11/30/2016)

Buoyed by growing interest and technological advances in its innovative product called CelluForce NCC™, a form of high quality cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), CelluForce, Montreal, Que., Canada, has signed a multifaceted strategic partnership with Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world's leading eucalyptus pulp producer.

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Purdue Researchers Find New Use for Cellulose (6/21/2016)

Purdue University (Lafayette, Ind., USA) researchers have developed tough, flexible, biodegradable films from cellulose, the main component of plant cell walls.

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Purdue Researchers Find New Use for Cellulose

The production process preserves the strength and biodegradability of cellulose while rendering it transparent and flexible. Cellulose infused with zinc chloride has calcium ions added to cause the cellulose chains to become tiny fibers known as nanofibrils, greatly increasing the material’s tensile strength.

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VTT Develops Stand-up Pouches from Renewable Raw Materials, Nanocellulose (3/16/2017)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches with high technical performance. High performance in both oxygen, grease, and mineral oil barrier properties has been reached by using different biobased coatings on paper substrate. The pouches exploit VTT’s patent pending high consistency enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology. 

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API Launches Chemical-Free Pulping Enhanced with Nanocellulose (5/19/2016)

American Process Inc., Atlanta, Ga., USA, a biorefinery technology developer, this week announced its patent-pending GreenBox++™ technology that replaces chemical pulping for production of high-strength, lightweight paper-based packaging using a chemical-free, waterbased process powered by nanocellulose.

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More Pharmaceutical Preparations to Drive Nanocellulose Market (9/14/2016)

In a report today (Sept. 14, 2016) by openPR (Hannover, Germany) promoting recent market research was an excerpt of information specifically related to the new nanocellulose-pharmaceutical relationship that has recently developed. It is expected to become more widespread in medical preparations of new drugs. This will provide a continued significant boost to the nanocellulose market through at least the near future.

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