Textile and Apparel Science

Cellulose Nanocrystals Derived From Hemp Agrowaste: A Value-Added Biomass Product for Sustainable Hemp Farms

Authors
  • Abhishek Bhattacharjee (Colorado State University)
  • Ketul C Popat (Colorado State University)
  • Yan Vivian Li (Colorado State University)

Abstract

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 legalized hemp cultivation in the USA. Since then, the production of hemp has been rapidly increasing. The hemp cultivation waste is rich in cellulose but is discarded as a landfill. Sustainable reuse of this waste is necessary to reduce the amount of landfill from hemp cultivation. Nanocellulose such as cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from biomass are gaining popularity as reinforcing materials because of their superior strength, sustainable source, and biocompatibility. Hemp cultivation waste can be used to produce nanocellulose. In this work, CNCs were successfully synthesized using hemp agrowaste following three different methods followed by morphological and chemical analysis. Future work includes applications of the CNCs in biosensors, imaging, and reinforcing materials.

Keywords: Cellulose nanocrystal, hemp, agricultural waste, sustainability, Hemp, Agricultural waste, Sustainability

How to Cite:

Bhattacharjee, A., Popat, K. C. & Li, Y. V., (2022) “Cellulose Nanocrystals Derived From Hemp Agrowaste: A Value-Added Biomass Product for Sustainable Hemp Farms”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.15957

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
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