Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Tom Kidd


The purpose of this study was to establish methods of synthesizing various compositions of nanocellulose aerogels using a top-down ultrasonication synthesis approach. Quantifying the effect composition has on physical properties was also be of interest due to the lack of scientific literature over this material. Microscopic techniques and physical experiments were used to determine how the internal structure of the aerogel material varies with composition and how the internal structure effects the physical properties. The main driving factor behind this study was that not much current scientific literature can be found about how the ultrasonic process effects the nanocellulose aerogels. It has not been shown that nanocellulose aerogels can exhibit Van der Waal interactions with other surfaces. Once this synthesis method is understood, this information can be combined with other studies that have provided possible uses for nanocellulose aerogels which can be found in the current scientific literature such as oil absorption or catalyst support structures.

Year of Submission



Department of Physics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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