Biofibers as Catalytic Supports


Recyclable green catalyst supports were prepared using catalytically active hybrid cellulose fibers in nanochitin hydrogels [12Das]. Hydrogels containing chitin nanofibrils of 9 nm diameter and several micrometers in length were wet spun into macrofibers by extrusion. Figure 73.1 shows SEM images of the surface of the fibers. The extruded microfibers had a large plastic region of 12 % and work to fracture of 10 MJ/m3. In addition, Nobel metal nanoparticles were added onto the surface of the chitin macrofibers via the amine functional groups. Developed organic–inorganic supports were considered to be suitable for fast catalytic reductions of model compounds.

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Biofibers as Catalytic Supports
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Innovative Biofibers from Renewable Resources
Miscellaneous Applications of Biofibers from Renewable Resource
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  • Narendra Reddy (3)
  • Yiqi Yang (4)
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  • 3 Centre for Emerging Technologies, Jain University, Bangalore, India
  • 4 Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA
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