Nanocellulose as a natural source for groundbreaking applications in materials science: Today's state

Dieter Klemm, Emily D. Cranston, Dagmar Fischer, Miguel Gama, Stephanie A. Kedzior, Dana Kralisch, Friederike Kramer, Tetsuo Kondo, Tom Lindström, Sandor Nietzsche, Katrin Petzold-Welcke, Falk Rauchfuß

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

593 Citations (Scopus)


Nanocelluloses are natural materials with at least one dimension in the nano-scale. They combine important cellulose properties with the features of nanomaterials and open new horizons for materials science and its applications. The field of nanocellulose materials is subdivided into three domains: biotechnologically produced bacterial nanocellulose hydrogels, mechanically delaminated cellulose nanofibers, and hydrolytically extracted cellulose nanocrystals. This review article describes today's state regarding the production, structural details, physicochemical properties, and innovative applications of these nanocelluloses. Promising technical applications including gels/foams, thickeners/stabilizers as well as reinforcing agents have been proposed and research from last five years indicates new potential for groundbreaking innovations in the areas of cosmetic products, wound dressings, drug carriers, medical implants, tissue engineering, food and composites. The current state of worldwide commercialization and the challenge of reducing nanocellulose production costs are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-748
Number of pages29
JournalMaterials Today
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Nanocellulose as a natural source for groundbreaking applications in materials science: Today's state'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this