New Article: Lignin as a Key Component in Lignin-Containing Cellulose Nanofibrils for Enhancing the Performance of Polymeric Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate Wood Adhesives

A new article out of Ning Yan’s lab has been published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry + Engineering written by Heyu Chen, Pitchaimari Gnanasekar, Sandeep S. Nair, Wenbiao Xu, Prashant Chauhan, and Professor Ning Yan

In this article, lignin-containing cellulose nanofibrils (LCNFs) were used in polymeric diphenylmethane diisocyanate (pMDI) wood adhesives as a functional compound to significantly reinforce bonding properties.

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Lignin as a Key Component in Lignin-Containing Cellulose Nanofibrils for Enhancing the Performance of Polymeric Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate Wood Adhesives Heyu Chen, Pitchaimari Gnanasekar, Sandeep S. Nair, Wenbiao Xu, Prashant Chauhan, and Ning Yan ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05642

Recent article from Prof. Yan group accepted in Green Chemistry

In this article, Dr. Heyu Chen, Dr. Prashant Chauhan, and Prof. Ning Yan reported a novel strategy to effectively utilize the bark waste stream as a promising starting material to synthesize environmental-friendly polyurethanes without using hazardous isocyanate/phosgene. Full details can be found here as the Accepted Manuscript.

Barking” up the right tree: biorefinery from waste stream to cyclic carbonate with immobilization of CO2 for non-isocyanate polyurethanes, Green Chemistry, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0GC02285C.

Recent Papers

A new paper from the Yan lab has been published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry + Engineering titled From Wastes to Functions: A New Soybean Meal and Bark-Based Adhesive written by Jing Luo, Ying Zhou, Qiang Gao, Jianzhang Li, and Ning Yan

For the first 12 months of publication, 50 free e-prints are available for interested colleagues.

Click here to see the article and get your free e-print.

Working during COVID-19

Even though labs have been closed for a few months, Dr. Ning Yan’s lab have been working hard from home, writing papers, reading articles and preparing to return to the lab to continue experiments!

Recent Publication is Now Featured on “Advances in Engineering” as a Key Scientific Article

Advances in Engineering—which recognizes important findings in engineering fields and reports timely engineering research news—has recently labeled a research work that came from Professor Ning Yan’s group as a “key scientific article contributing to science and engineering research excellence.”

Report link: https://advanceseng.com/lignin-containing-cellulose-nanofibril-application-pmdi-wood-adhesives-drastically-improved-gap-filling-properties-robust-bondline-interfaces/

This work was done by University of Toronto researchers: Heyu Chen (PhD candidate), Dr. Sandeep Nair, Dr. Prashant Chauhan and led by distinguished professor, Prof. Ning Yan; they investigated the effect of lignin-containing nanocellulose (LCNF) on the reinforcing performance of pMDI wood adhesives. As concluded by Advances in Engineering: “Sustainable LCNF from renewable biomass will advance the development of high-performance pMDI adhesives for wider practical applications.”

For further information, this work is published in Chemical Engineering Journal.

Chen, H., Nair, S., Chauhan, P., & Yan, N. (2019). Lignin containing cellulose nanofibril application in pMDI wood adhesives for drastically improved gap-filling properties with robust bonding line interfaces. Chemical Engineering Journal, 360, 393-401.