High-Performance Gas Barrier Films Made from Cellulose Nanocrystal (CNC) Coatings

High-Performance Gas Barrier Films Made from Cellulose Nanocrystal (CNC) Coatings

In a recently published article in the journal ACS Applied Material & Interfaces, Jeff Youngblood and colleagues from Purdue University demonstrated the use of a shear-coating technique to developed gas barrier nanocellulose films which were anisotropic, allowing the researchers to control the volume of gas in the system.

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Using Biological Engineered Living Materials (ELMs) to Create Functional Materials with Genetically Programmable Properties

Using Biological Engineered Living Materials (ELMs) to Create Functional Materials with Genetically Programmable Properties

In their recently published article in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology, Charlie Gilbert and Tom Ellis review recent efforts in the emerging field of biological engineered living materials (ELMs) in which cells are programmed to produce new and useful biological materials with unique properties.

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Seaweed as an Adsorbent for Wastewater Treatment

Seaweed as an Adsorbent for Wastewater Treatment

A recent review article highlights the potential of biosorption via macroalgae as a wastewater treatment method. Sulfated polysaccharides in the cellular wall allow seaweeds to efficiently bind pollutants, making them potential replacements for activated carbon in wastewater treatment.

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