Despite being the most available natural polymer on earth, it is only recently that cellulose has gained prominence as a nanostructured material, in the form of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and micro/nanofibrillar cellulose (MFC/NFC).
Today there is a substantial amount of research on these materials, and commercial development is now underway with some very promising applications. Nanocellulose is being developed for use in applications ranging from scaffolds in tissue engineering, artificial skin and cartilage, wound healing and vessel substitutes to biodegradable food packaging. Applications in polymer reinforcement and anti-microbial films will be hitting the market soon. This 35 page primer from Future Markets, Inc. is the only market study currently available on this potentially very lucrative nanomaterial.