Elastic deformation mechanics of cellulose nanocrystals

Xiawa (Eva) Wu, Ryan Wagner, Arvind Raman, Robert Moon, Ashlie Martini

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Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) have great potential for polymer nanocomposite materials. However, a fundamental understanding of the CNC properties and their role in composite property enhancement is not currently available. To address this issue. we are developing atomic force microscopy (AFM) protocols combined with molecular dynamics (MD) and continuum modeling techniques that enable characterization of individual CNCs. AFM can be used to measure topography, pull-off force, stiffness and bending of CNCs. Which are then related using the models to physical, chemical, mechanical and deformation properties, respectively. This paper outlines the development of a fully atomistic model of an individual CNC and its validation by comparison of predicted geometric, energetic, and elastic properties of the material to previous modeling results and experimental measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTMS 2010 - 139th Annual Meeting and Exhibition - Supplemental Proceedings
Number of pages8
StatePublished - May 28 2010
EventTMS 2010 - 139th Annual Meeting and Exhibition - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Feb 14 2010Feb 18 2010

Publication series

NameTMS Annual Meeting


ConferenceTMS 2010 - 139th Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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