Interactions and modelling

One of the main challenges of the utilisation of lignocellulosic components is their sensitivity to water. We want to unveil the still unresolved nature and effects of the interactions and utilise the moisture-responsiveness in materials engineering.

Is it possible to turn this challenge into an advantageous feature in biomaterial development? Can we achieve novel and feasible material families by exploiting cellulose-water interactions? How can we hybridise materials to achieve the required performance in given applications?

Gaining deeper knowledge on the nature of the interactions that exist between lignocellulosic systems and water is fundamentally important to facilitate the generation of materials based on sustainable resources.

Project examples:

  • Probe with water – exploiting water molecules to reveal structural details of lignocellulosic building blocks
  • Modelling of interacting surfaces of cellulose crystals
  • Orientation and rheology of cellulose suspensions in a capillary tube
  • Micro- and nano-plastics: A modern menace or an increasing threat?