Molding of CNF for Biodegradable Packaging Materials

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed a formulation and method for molding cellulose nano fibers (CNF) using a carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) additive. This formulation is compatible with thermoforming, injection molding, vacuum forming or slip-casting processes. Molding CNF via this method allows for faster and more economical production of packaging materials with desirable barrier properties and high strength while remaining biodegradable. This technology is a critical step forward for utilizing biomass to create environmentally friendly packaging alternatives.

- Simplified production process
- More economical to produce
- Biodegradable
- More environmentally friendly than alternatives

- Production of cellulose nanofiber structures
- Packaging material production
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