The focus of this proposal is to identify unexplored areas of research in the field of packaging science, specifically related to the incorporation of Nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC) as a functional material in fiber based packaging, as well as to highlight some of potential risks and unknowns in the product lifecycle. This research hypothesizes that incorporating NCC into wood fiber-based c-flute corrugated packaging medium will show a sufficient performance improvement to justify additional research. Nanomaterials, as a whole, are still being understood, including those using naturally occurring bases such as NCC. Further incremental testing with NCC will help provide a performance and safety baseline for the necessary future research prior to mass production. NCC holds great promise for the future: a commonly available, naturally occurring material that’s easily recyclable and biodegradable, yet has the strength of steel. Due diligence is required for this material to come to market in a safe and sustainable manner.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Packaging--Materials; Nanocrystals; Cellulose
Department, Program, or Center
Packaging Science (CAST)
Carlos A. Diaz
Glass, John, "An Investigation Into The Viability Of Nanocrystalline Cellulose As A Packaging Material" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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