2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Symposium

Location

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

Document Type

poster

Abstract

Nanocellulose solids have proven to be very strong and light with a strength to weight ratio 8 times that of steel (5). The challenge, however, is that while the solids dry they crack and form impurities. Nanocellulose can take many forms including powder, aerogel, and solid. The solid is stronger than the others by far, so in order to understand the strength of the solid, a molecular profile was made and compared to the other weaker forms. This was done through Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and it was found that the solid has a peak unlike the other samples. This peak corresponds to a carbon, oxygen double bond which could explain the strength of the solid

Start Date

29-7-2022 11:00 AM

End Date

29-7-2022 1:30 PM

Event Host

Summer Undergraduate Research Program, University of Northern Iowa

Faculty Advisor

Timothy Kidd

Department

Department of Physics

File Format

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Jul 29th, 11:00 AM Jul 29th, 1:30 PM

Infrared Spectroscopy of Nanocellulose

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Nanocellulose solids have proven to be very strong and light with a strength to weight ratio 8 times that of steel (5). The challenge, however, is that while the solids dry they crack and form impurities. Nanocellulose can take many forms including powder, aerogel, and solid. The solid is stronger than the others by far, so in order to understand the strength of the solid, a molecular profile was made and compared to the other weaker forms. This was done through Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and it was found that the solid has a peak unlike the other samples. This peak corresponds to a carbon, oxygen double bond which could explain the strength of the solid