Precursor of cellulose nanoparticles- jute become an important and hot spot in the nanomaterial’s study

Mohammad Neaz Morshed,     Wuhan Textile University, China    
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Figure: Jute (The Golden fiber)
Figure 1: Figure: Jute (The Golden fiber)

Jute (the golden fiber of Bangladesh) had played a significant role in the socioeconomic development in some Asian countries. Bangladesh had earned the notable amount of foreign currency by exporting jute, and goods made of jute have played an important role in the country’s economy and provided considerable employment prospects to the country’s work force. The traditional uses of jute have recently declined. Therefore researchers conceived that, it is important to develop new products from jute to regain its economic importance. Jute and its subsequent conversion into value-added products may regain its lost glory. Jute fiber is an inexpensive, abundant, and renewable source with high cellulose content like 60~70%. It’s found to be excellent precursor for the extraction of cellulose nanoparticles.

Owing to its outstanding performance, the nanofiber of jute has already become an important and hot spot in the nanomaterial’s study. The use of jute fibers in the nanomaterials area can bring prosperity and economic benefit of the traditional fiber, particularly from an environmental point of view. Furthermore, application of jute nanofibers as reinforcement improves polymer mechanical properties such as tensile strength and modulus even at very low volume fraction. The nanocomposite could be used as packaging, electronic device, biomedical, cosmetic, tissue engineering scaffolds, filtration media, rheology modifiers, adsorbents, paper reinforcement and so on has been reported in different peer reviewed scientific articles.

Figure 2: Biomedical applications of cellulose nanoparticles. Source: Rojas, J., et al. (2015)
Figure 2: Biomedical applications of cellulose nanoparticles. Source: Rojas, J., et al. (2015)

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