Patterning of nanocrystalline cellulose gel phase by electrodissolution of a metallic electrode

Jean Michel Daignan, Ran Chen, Khaled Mahmoud, Yuan Ma, Ian G. Hill, Laurent Kreplak

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At high concentration or in the presence of electrolytes and organic solvents, solutions of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) can form gels exhibiting optical properties similar to the ones of liquid crystal phases. In an attempt to pattern such a gel phase, we have studied the electrodissolution of a metallic electrode in a water suspension of carboxylated CNCs (cCNCs). Depending on the metal used, the electrodissolution process was observed at a different positive potential. In the case of copper the minimum potential at which we could observe optically the growth of the gel phase was 200 mV. The growth rate was current limited indicating that the process was controlled by the electrodissolution of the copper electrode. This hypothesis was confirmed by using circular and square copper patterns as positive electrodes. In both cases, the consumption of the electrode material was observed optically and correlated with the growth of the gel phase.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere99202
JournalPLoS One
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2014

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Cellulose
electrodes
Electrodes
cellulose
Gels
gels
Copper
copper
Growth
nanocrystals
Liquid Crystals
optical properties
Nanoparticles
Organic solvents
Nanocrystals
Electrolytes
electrolytes
Suspensions
Optical properties
Metals

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Patterning of nanocrystalline cellulose gel phase by electrodissolution of a metallic electrode. / Daignan, Jean Michel; Chen, Ran; Mahmoud, Khaled; Ma, Yuan; Hill, Ian G.; Kreplak, Laurent.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 9, No. 6, e99202, 04.06.2014.

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Daignan, Jean Michel ; Chen, Ran ; Mahmoud, Khaled ; Ma, Yuan ; Hill, Ian G. ; Kreplak, Laurent. / Patterning of nanocrystalline cellulose gel phase by electrodissolution of a metallic electrode. In: PLoS One. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 6.
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