Nanocellulose is basically nano-sized cellulose typically ranging from 3-300nm in diameter. Cellulose is abundantly present in nature as organic biopolymer in wood, cotton fibre, wheat straw, oil palm biomass and other plant matter. Nanocellulose is obtained through the disintegration of cellulose pulp by chemical, physical and biological processes.
Nanocellulose is non-toxic, recyclable and reusable and biocompatible. It is also endowed with high strength and modulus of elasticity and lightweight with low oxygen permeability. Potential end-use applications include areas like building/construction, aerospace and automotive, packaging, cosmetics, textiles, medical, paper and electronics.