What is nanocellulose?
Cellulose is the main component of plant stems, leaves and roots. Traditionally, its main commercial use was in producing paper and textiles. Nanocellulose opens up opportunities for advanced, planet-friendly solutions in place of environmentally harmful products. It currently exists in three forms:
• Cellulose Micro Fibrils (CMF)
• Cellulose Nano Fibrils (CNF)
• Cellulose Nano Crystals (CNC)
All processes involve the separation of CMF, CNF and CNC from the woodfibre.
Sappi has built a pilot-scale plant for CNF production, at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in The Netherlands. Although designed to produce CNF, the plant will also be capable of producing CMF. Feedstock to the plant will be sourced from sustainable and certified sources.