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How to compare rheology additives: The example of nanocellulose/cellulose fibrils and HASE

By Mats Hjørnevik 23. October 2018

For decades, producers of fluid materials have used HASE as the fundamental technology to control flow. How can new technologies complement this work horse of rheology modification? This week I am trying to uncover the key aspects of the HASE technology and give you ideas on the HASE technology in relation to the world I am familiar with: nanocellulose and cellulose fibrils. 

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Temaer: MFC, Cellulose Fibrils, New materials, compatibility

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

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

How to use and understand cellulose fibrils? The practical experience from Covestro

By Thomas Marwedel 26. June 2018

Our blog post of the week is today a really exciting one! We have been so fortunate to interview Peter Küker, who is a technical manager at Covestro in Germany. Peter has been working with cellulose fibrils in a project at Covestro for some time, and today he is sharing his views and experience on utilizing the fibrils in some of the Covestro formulations for adhesives. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the actual experience of utilizing the effect from the fibrils on rheology, dispersion and material handling.

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Temaer: New materials, waterborne, Dispersion, Sustainability, rheology

Research review March 2018: new topics from the world of cellulose fibrils

By Mats Hjørnevik 3. April 2018

Continuously following the world of cellulose fibrils and the development is both dynamic and interesting. A lot of new inventions are taking place, based on the cellulose fibrils. We have given 3D printing a quite high focus in the last couple of reviews, but this week there are two other news items on the list: composites made from cellulose fibrils. Dig into this week’s research review to find out more on what might possibly be the next generation of composite materials.

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Temaer: MFC reviews, New materials, innovation

The past, present and future of performance coatings: can waterborne systems improve it?

By Mats Hjørnevik 27. March 2018

The performance coatings sector has seen decades of development to protect installations and transportation equipment. The sector has been highly dominated by solvent based systems and these systems have seen incremental innovations for a long period of time. The end-user demands for these systems have been set in a context of a world in an ever-changing environment: high pressure on efficiency, increased globalization and international trade, as well as the period of increased climate focus. So how is this world going to look in the near future? In my attempt to share thoughts on this subject, I will focus on the rheology system, how its currently being solved and how it can be solved with alternative, more environmentally friendly technologies in the future.

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Temaer: New materials, Environment, waterborne, coating, rheology

Research review: new interesting applications for cellulose fibrils

By Mats Hjørnevik 6. February 2018

Within the field of nanocellulose and cellulose fibrils, there is an increasingly rapid pace of new developments, where the cellulose fibrils either appear on its own or as a part of an advanced relationship between several performance enhancers. Today I have collected two highly interesting, but very separate news articles for you, but where the common denominator is the ability to retrieve strength and performance from these types of materials. Enjoy!

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Temaer: MFC reviews, innovation, New materials

Nanocellulose – future of medical devices

By Otto Soidinsalo 16. January 2018

If you google the word medical device, you will get pictures of sophisticated hospital equipment and diagnostic devices. In practice, a term medical device is wider than just that and covers a range of different kinds of articles, starting from plasters and bandages to endosseous implants and implantable pacemakers, intended to be used for therapeutic purposes of humans or animals. We have previously written about the role of MFC in wound care products and today we are going to take a step deeper to the current status of nanocellulose in medical devices, especially topical and implantable ones.

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Temaer: New materials, Strength, Sustainability, innovation