Carbonnanocrystals(CNCs) are a biodegradable, sustainable, high strength material with many potential applications. One of the main areas of study is their use as fillers in polymer matrices to improve mechanical and film properties of these materials. This report will cover the methods used to synthesize CNCs from hardwood pulp, and to prepare soy protein isolate (SPI) and CNC composite films. It will also provide a survey of contemporary literature on CNCs, and discuss the current theories and research being conducted on CNCs and CNC composite films.

Document Type

Final Report

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study

Date of Submission