Cellulosic Nanomaterials

Cellulosic Nanomaterials by microspectroscopy

Microspectrophotometers are used to analyze cellulosic nanomaterials and devices


Cellulosic nanocrystals by microspectroscopy


Cellulosic Nanomaterials by microspectroscopy

Typical test spectra



Cellulosic nanomaterials and their optical effects are studied with a microspectrophotometer.

Cellulosic nanomaterials are whisker-like materials formed from the most common material on Earth: cellulose.  Crystalline cellulose has mechanical properties similar to that of other reinforcement materials while having a reactive surface on which functional groups may be added to yield different surface properties.   Cellulosic nanomaterials can be made from readily available materials such as wood, plants, bacteria and algae.  However, different source materials yield different types and shapes of cellulosic nanomaterials all of which can be optimized for different properties by bioengineering.  Such cellulosic nanomaterials have unusual properties, which will be useful for for optics, electronics, nanotechnology and in the fields of materials science.

Microspectrophotometers can be used in this field as with other nanomaterials.  Absorption and emission microspectroscopy can aid in studying their electronic and optical structure.  And as these materials can be optimized for various optical effects, the engineering processes can be monitored by microspectroscopy.  The major advantages of microspectroscopy are that these compounds can be studied in both solid form as well as a suspension.  And with devices made with cellulosic nanomaterials, microspectrophotometers can yield information of the thickness of thin films of cellulosic nanomaterials, their optical and electronic attributes, as well as the vibration characteristics by Raman microspectroscopy.   

To learn more about microspectroscopy and cellulosic nanomaterials analysis and testing, select one of the following links: 

What is a Microspectrophotometer?

Science of Microspectrophotometers

Microspectrophotometer Design

Uses of Microspectrophotometers

20/30 PV™ Microspectrophotometers


 UV-visible-NIR microscopes, UV-visible-NIR microspectrometers and Raman microspectrometers are general purpose laboratory instruments. They have not been cleared or approved by the European IVD Directive, the United States Food and Drug Administration or any other agency for diagnostic, clinical or other medical use.