Backed by two of the world’s leading forest products companies, Performance BioFilaments is engaging development partners to utilize cellulose filaments for applications in industries ranging from automotive and manufacturing, to construction and consumer products. From lighter-weight, more fuel efficient vehicles to more resilient coatings and advanced filtration systems, cellulose filaments are a renewable biomaterial that improves materials’ performance, while reducing costs.
Cellulose Filaments as a Reinforcing Agent
Automotive, Marine, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Electronics
The high strength and low density of cellulose filaments give it the potential to enhance the mechanical and thermal properties of plastic materials. When small quantities of cellulose filaments have been incorporated into polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polyethylene oxide (PEO), polylactic acid (PLA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane (PU), polypropylene (PP), and polystyrene (PS), the composite materials most often showed improved tensile strength, elongation rate and elevated thermal decomposition.
Cellulose filament films exhibit high tensile strength and have the potential to be an excellent preparatory material in laminated composites, similar to fibreglass. The low thermal expansion of cellulose filaments makes it an ideal candidate as the base substrate in high speed electronic printing. Testing conducted on cellulose filament films demonstrated excellent mechanical properties and low thermal expansion, making them well suited for flexible electronics substrates.
Cellulose Filaments as a Rheology Modifier and Other
Construction (Concrete, Paints / Coatings), Consumer Products (Cosmetics, Healthcare)
Cellulose filaments have the unique ability to absorb large amounts of water or other solvents, as well as the ability to form very stable gels at low concentrations. These characteristics make cellulose filaments a good candidate to enhance the material properties of many everyday products – this includes everything from paints and concrete to cosmetics and other consumer products.
Cellulose filaments also exhibit an extremely high surface to volume ratio. This attribute, combined with the ability to alter the surface charge of the filaments, makes cellulose filaments ideally suited for use in high performance filtering applications. Filters using cellulose filaments are known to have high flux and good durability, and can be engineered to have specific selectivity.