This proposal is a discovery research program for utilizing polycarbohydrate waste
materials and byproducts of North American industries for producing different kinds of
carboxymethylcellulose (sodium carboximethylcellulose) for use as a binding agent. The
unique idea includes processing CMC formation from the initial cellulose or hemicellulose
raw materials, straight through to the application. This can sufficiently decrease
the costs of CMC materials from one side, and optimize the necessary properties of
CMC products for a particular application. This research will be based on the following
high volume hemicellulose and cellulose materials:
1) paper mill sludge (PMS, byproduct of paper mill plants);
2) waste wood molasses (WWM, byproduct from the industry of hardboards);
3) sawdust and wood flour (SWF).
University of Minnesota, Natural Resources Research Institute, 5013 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth, Minnesota 55811; Coleraine Minerals Research Laboratory, PO Box 188, One Galey Avenue, Coleraine, Minnesota 55722
Krasutsky, Pavel A; Lee, Jonathan J.
Utilization of Hemicellulose and Cellulose Byproducts of Northern States.
University of Minnesota Duluth.
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