Cellulose nanocrystals? It’s not pulp fiction

The carboxylated crystalline nano-cellulose created by researchers in McGill’s Department of Chemistry can be used in the cosmetics industry as a replacement for plastic and silica microbeads, which are found in almost every personal care and cosmetic product

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Wood chips, it must be admitted, are not the most glamorous material around. Scattered in gardens or lining the cages of household pets, it is a commodity that attracts little attention. Luckily, a team of researchers in McGill’s Department of Chemistry developed a method to create carboxylated crystalline nano-cellulose using this often-ignored by-product of the pulp and paper industry.

This super material has the potential to dramatically alter not just one, but multiple industries.

Following their discovery, Professor Mark Andrews and lead inventor, Tim Morse with two other McGill post docs launched a spin-off company called Anomera in 2016.

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Source: McGill Reporter

 

 

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