Iranian Researcher Develops Plant-Based Eco-Friendly Foam

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 16:20

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new plant-based foam consists of about 75 percent cellulose nanocrystals.

According to the university official website, Not only is it said to surpass the insulating capabilities of petroleum-based foam, but it can also support 200 times its own weight without deforming, it degrades thoroughly, and it doesn't produce ash when incinerated.

The co-lead scientist Asst. Prof. Amir Ameli stated that "We have used an easy method to make high-performance, composite foams based on nanocrystalline cellulose with an excellent combination of thermal insulation capability and mechanical properties.”

"Our results demonstrate the potential of renewable materials, such as nanocellulose, for high-performance thermal insulation materials that can contribute to energy savings, less usage of petroleum-based materials, and reduction of adverse environmental impacts," he added.

The team is now looking at scaling the production process up to an industrial level, utilizing inexpensive feedstocks to create a "commercially viable product."

A paper on the research, which was co-led by Assoc. Prof. Xiao Zhang, was recently published in the journal Carbohydrate Polymers.

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