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Newsletter 6 The sixth newsletter is now available to download, which provides the latest news and a final update on recent activities as the NanoCelluComp project comes to a close (finishing March 2014). The last six months has been an exciting period with further development of composite materials utilizing fibres of nanocellulose. A number of different resin systems have been tested and we are pleased to report success with bio-resins, thus contributing to the sustainability of this exciting new material. The consortium will present its final results at JEC Europe 2014 (Paris, March 11 to 13).

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Aalto University has developed a new process with global significance for working cellulose into a textile fibre.

From cellulose to textile fiber and a ready product

The world’s first textile product made from Ioncell cellulose fibre as well as other results yielded by research programs was introduced at a seminar held by the Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC Oy on November 20, 2013.

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It's an almost immovable mess, that dreaded sinkful of piled-up bowls, plates and utensils that's often a major point of contention between spouses and roommates. If only there was a way for dishes to never get dirty in the first place.self cleaning plate

Believe it or not, science is working on that. And the latest sign that researchers are on the cusp of a breakthrough is a plate and bowl set that’s imbued with a supposed special “self-cleaning” coating that makes it impervious to dirt and liquids. Swedes Hanna Billqvist and Anna Glansén, the designers of this intriguing concept, developed the prototypes through a collaboration with Stockholm-based natural materials research firm Innventia and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The Swedish Forest Industries Federation commissioned the project, as a means of exploring new ways to use harvested cellulose—the pulp-like extract that makes up the fibrous cellular walls of plants is already used to make paper—by the year 2035.

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The researchers used synthetic nanocomposites of platinum/carbon nanotube in designing the nanosensors.In this research, they designed a sensitive electrochemical sensor modified with platinum/ arbon nanotube nanocomposite to analyze the toxic compound of Sudan I in food samples. Since Sudan I is a forbidden additive of foodstuff and it causes cancer, its analysis and quick detection is very essential.


Highly sensitive and cheap electrochemical nanosensors were designed by researchers to analyze Sudan I, which is a cancerous colorful material in food samples.

However, the weak signal of this compound makes it very difficult to detect tiny amounts of it. Therefore, the use of platinum/carbon nanotube nanocomposite synthesized through polyol method enabled the researchers to strengthen the weak signal of the sample, and they made possible the detection of this material in food samples such as tomato ketchup and so on.

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The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland recently authored a report for the Australian government that investigates bioenergy opportunities in the Green Triangle region, located in the country’s southwest region. The report includes a set of seven pathways to raise short-term production value and establish specialized biorefinery businesses in the long term.Study evaluates biorefining opportunities in South Australia

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