Dimitris S. Argyropoulos

Dimitris S. Argyropoulos

North Carolina State University, USA
The Use of Cellulose Nanocrystals as Scaffolds for Nanodevices; Supramolecular Chemistry using Nature’s Most Ambundant Template
Abstract:

Over a number of years work in our laboratory has been exploring the use of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) as scaffolds for the creation of novel nanomaterials with unique and stimuli responsive characteristics. The forces responsible for the spatial organization within cellulose, coupled with traditional chemistry are aimed at creating structures via molecular self assembly; These concepts have been the inspiration for our supramolecular research.

In this lecture we will report on our systematic efforts aimed at functionalizing CNCs by using both grafting from and grafting onto approaches. The selective creation and activation of a nano-pattern on CNC will be described and the chemical methods used to create the foundation for novel CNC based materials (including self-assembled Cellulose NanoPlatelet Gels) will be described