Research Studies Validate Large-spectrum Applications of Nanocellulose in Industry-level Water Purification

Published Date : Apr 15, 2016

Nanotechnology and a variety of nanomaterials have witnessed a huge rise in popularity over the past few years. From being at the forefront of research activities to understand their efficacy, a variety of nanomaterials have reached the stages of finding actual usages in several applications.
Over the past few years, the vast technical and financial support from research organizations and government initiatives for exploring the usage of nanocellulose has been a primary driver for the overall development of the global nanocellulose market. The use of nanocellulose in a a variety of end-use industries has been on a constant rise owing to the contribution of the material in reducing the global carbon footprint as it is a renewable source. The huge socio-economic benefits of the substance are expected to lead the global nanocellulose market on a flourishing growth path over the years to come.

Nanocellulose, the material derived from plant cellulose or wood pulp, offers excellent thermal, rheological, mechanical, and structural benefits over other nanomaterials and cellulose-based substances.

Known commonly as cellulose, the shape of nanocellulose varies from thread-shaped to ribbon-shaped to short rod-shaped, depending on the manufacturing process and source. Nanocellulose is used for a variety of applications, ranging from the use in oilfield chemicals to blocking of oxygen in packaging films.

Recently, certain experiments conducted at industrial levels have reinstated the utility of nanocellulose filters for industry-level water purification purposes. In a series of tests undertaken in two Spanish factories and Spanish factories, nanocellulose filters have proven to be highly effective. This factor has subsequently increased the popularity of nanocellulose filters in industrial circles and is expected to drive the nanocellulose market for years to come.

From small-sized nanocellulose filters, the size of the nanocellulose filters was further scaled up. The small-sized filters were used to check their efficiency for low-volume usage and then for the purification of water from public and industrial waterworks for understanding its positive impact on the health of humans, animals, and the environment. The nanocellulose filters were used to prove their efficiency at leather goods factory, a water company, and a water treatment plant.