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In this paper, we use dynamic light scattering in polarized and depolarized modes to determine the translational and rotational diffusion coefficients of concentrated rodlike cellulose nanocrystals in aqueous suspension. Within the range of studied concentrations (1–5 wt %), the suspension starts a phase transition from an isotropic to an anisotropic state as shown by polarized light microscopy and viscosity measurements. Small-angle neutron scattering measurements also confirmed the start of cellulose nanocrystal alignment and a decreasing distance between the cellulose nanocrystals with increasing concentration. As expected, rotational and translational diffusion coefficients generally decreased with increasing concentration. However, the translational parallel diffusion coefficient was found to show a local maximum at the onset of the isotropic-to-nematic phase transition. This is attributed to the increased …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
23 Jan 2019

Jonas Van Rie, Christina Schütz, Alican Gençer, Salvatore Lombardo, Urs Gasser, Sugam Kumar, Germán Salazar-Alvarez, Kyongok Kang, Wim Thielemans

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Volume: 35 Issue: 6 Pages: 2289-2302