The Canadian Forest NanoProducts Network is promoting a type o nanocelluose for a reinforcement in plastics and other applications.
The network has formed a new venture, ArboraNano Inc., which will work with partners to commercialize the use of the wood fiber derivative.
ArboraNano claims nanocrystalline cellulose, a type of nanocellulose, has higher tensile strength than steel and is biocompatible, biodegradable and sustainable. Its length ranges from 100 to 200 nanometers. Pointe-Claire, Quebec-based ArboraNano said NCC can be make films that are transparent and have unusual barrier properties, produce color and iridescence without the use of pigments and improve the properties of composites and other materials.
ArboraNano claims Canada is a leader in NCC and the country's regulatory agencies have approved its use without restriction. A 2,000-pound-per-day production plant for NCC started up in Windsor, Quebec, in January and others are planned in Canada.
Tel. 514-630-4111, email [email protected].