Napier University team awarded for innovative nanocellulose research
Materials chemistry researchers from Edinburgh Napier University have been awarded a special commendation for their role in the commissioning of a low-cost nanocellulose production plant at Sappi’s annual Technical Innovation Awards event in London.
A reward that is particularly significant considering that Sappi Ltd represents one of the leading global pulp and paper producer.
The Scots-based team, composed by Professor Rob English, who led the research, and his Edinburgh Napier colleague Dr Rhodri Williams have been honoured alongside Sappi’s project leader for new technology development, Dr Saschi Momin.
The technology developed by the Edinburgh Napier team uses unique chemistry which allows wood pulp fibres to be readily broken down into Cellulose NanoFibrils (CNF). The bio-based material has use in a wide range of applications, including packaging, touch screen displays, automotive, paint, foods, concrete and even wound care.
The pilot plant for the production will be built at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.