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Polymer Chemistry 2018

Polymer Sciences

ISSN: 2471-9935

Page 57

March 26-28, 2018

Vienna, Austria



Edition of International Conference and Exhibition on

Polymer Chemistry


ellulose fibres offer themselves as an efficient platform for

development of bio-based porous matrices, which can target

numerous applications. Either exploiting their supramolecular

arrangement of organized fibrillar stacks within the fibre bulk

for the preparation of a porous platform or breaking down its

hierarchical andmulti-level organization to prepare different kinds

of nanoscaled cellulosic substrates, cellulose substrates offer

a myriad of possibilities. In the presented study, the following

two approaches will be tackled: (i) activation procedures for

enhancement of cellulose fibres’ accessibility and reactivity

through opening and widening of voids on the surface and

internal pores, by disrupting fibrillar aggregates and thus

forming additional available surface and (ii) employing different

nanocellulosic building blocks to create new materials through

templating, with special attention given to fabrication of aerogels

with controlled porosity. Mechanisms of cellulose fibre swelling

and its subsequent influence on the activation of pore systemwill

beelaborateduponandstrategies for structuringof nanocellulosic

substrates, towards obtaining functional porous matrices, will be

presented. Morphological, structural and chemical properties of

modified fibres and newly formed structures were extensively



Silvo Hribernik works as a Scientific Associate at the Faculty of Mechanical

Engineering, University of Maribor. He finished his Graduation in 2005 in the

field of Eco-Textile Engineering and Doctorate in 2010 in the field of Textile

Technology, from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Maribor, Slove-

nia. During this time, he also performed research work as a Visiting Scientist

at Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana and at the Fraunhofer Institute in Pots-

dam, Germany. Main area of his research is the development of fibre-based

functional materials with implementation of nanotechnology and is com-

prised of several research interests including study of materials’ structure,

synthesis of nano-particles, with special attention to magnetic and conduc-

tive particles, study and development of coating and adsorption processes.

[email protected]

Structuring of cellulose (nano) substrates into functional

porous materials

Silvo Hribernik


, Tanja Kos


, Božič Mojca


, Manja Kurečič



Karin Stana-Kleinschek

1, 2

1University of Maribor, Slovenia

2Graz University of Technology, Austria

Silvo Hribernik et al., Polym Sci, Volume 4

DOI: 10.4172/2471-9935-C1-008