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How to compare rheology additives: the example of nanocellulose/Cellulose fibrils and HEUR

By Mats Hjørnevik 16. October 2018

As a researcher, to have an overview of the alternatives available in your area of profession is of importance. In the landscape of rheology, new alternatives are emerging. In my short review today, I will grasp on the subject of similarities and potential synergies between two of the candidates you should note down: nanocellulose and hydrophobically modified ethoxylated polyurethanes (HEUR). Here are my hints and tips  on how to understand these two technologies better.

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Temaer: MFC, leveling, New materials, pH

[VIDEO] Topic tuesday: Sag vs. leveling. Can you handle 'em both?

By Mats Hjørnevik 9. October 2018

A fast viscosity recovery is good, and some times crucial, but that would also affect the leveling, right? In this weeks Topic Tuesday, we discuss how you can cope with the issue of getting fast recovery - and avoid sag - while getting your coating layer in level. We may also have some exciting ideas for you if you have problems with cracking. 

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Temaer: coating, leveling, anti-cracking, sag, viscosity, open time, Film

High performance and durability with greener tire tread

By Otto Soidinsalo 2. October 2018

There is a growing interest to increase the portion of bio-based components in various consumables. We have previously discussed about the challenges to incorporate microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) into composite materials with hydrophobic matrixes, such as PLA. Today we will take a step even further and see how cellulose fibrils can support the development of more environmentally friendly tires with high performance and durability.

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Temaer: MFC, Cellulose Fibrils, Environment, Strength, New materials, innovation, Barrier properties

[VIDEO] Topic Tuesday: You need to change the way you think!

By Mats Hjørnevik 25. September 2018

Suddenly, the new tax on pollutants in China, their ban on solvent based coatings for containers, and the city of Shanghais ban on solvent based coatings for exterior walls and wood ware has changed things. Do you want to know more on how to adapt in rapid market changes like these? In this topic Tuesday we are discussing this and showing you a couple of concrete examples to get your ideas start running. Don´t miss out on this weeks interesting discussion on saving business with the necessary level of innovation.

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Temaer: Sustainability, innovation, New materials

I need to improve the strength of my products, how can I do this?

By Mats Hjørnevik 18. September 2018

There are several solutions to improve strength performance, and there are new materials available on the market. But how do you find the reinforcement additives and agents that provides the benefits you are looking for? And can this be done inline with the increased demand for sustainability at the same time? Spend a couple of minutes on this weeks blog post, and get some inputs and ideas on what to expect from one of these new materials.

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Temaer: MFC, Strength, Film, Cellulose Fibrils, New materials

Topic Tuesday: How to perform with your oil-in- water-emulsion

By Mats Hjørnevik 11. September 2018

Mixing two liquids like oil and water is hard enough. At the same time keeping it stable, adds an additional level of difficulty in this challenge. And how can you reach the best performance on rheology and stability in the making of these emulsions? In this episode of Topic Tuesday, we are discussing the subject of emulsions; what are they, how do they work and how do we make them stable? Grab a coffee and joins us for a video session.

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Temaer: emulsions, Topic Tuesday, Stability

Research review August 2018: new nanocellulose findings

By Mats Hjørnevik 4. September 2018

This month’s research review has some interesting news from the world of nanocellulose. We have referred to a lot of interesting functionalities from this exciting material before, ranging from 3D printing to super reinforcer and rheology additives. Today, we are giving you the news of an interesting, and, I must admit, slightly unforeseen idea. It was uncovered in Asia. Dig in to this week’s blog post from the Exilva blog to read more.

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Temaer: Cellulose Fibrils, Health

3 great ways to exploit the large surface area of cellulose fibrils

By Mats Hjørnevik 28. August 2018

One of the benefits of highly fibrillated cellulose fibrils is its very high surface areaWhen the fibers are torn down to smaller and smaller fibrils, the surface area consequently increases, which leads to new properties and applications. Learn how its extreme water binding capacity, among other properties, may take your product to a new efficiency level. 

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Temaer: MFC

How to avoid unstable formulations

By Rebecca Blell 21. August 2018

Many reasons can lead to unstable formulations when you first start testing a new formulation or a new ingredient. Some are due to non-optimized use of ingredients such as stabilizers and others are due to formulation processing or incompatibilities. Sounds familiar? We might have good news for you.

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Temaer: Cellulose Fibrils, compatibility, Stability

How to counteract formulation settling issues

By Rebecca Blell 14. August 2018

Everyday life is full of formulations containing solid particles, pigments, beads or fillers. Depending on the application, the formulations may have a varying amount of solids. Common challenges with high solid content formulations are the settling of heavy particles or the floating of lighter ones. Therefore, it is important to ensure the stability of the solids suspended in a formulation. Especially those with high particle loading such as a coating formulation with matting agents, UV filters and other solids.

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Temaer: settlings, MFC, Cellulose Fibrils, Dispersion, Stability