Polysaccharides and “imogolite” (a natural aluminum silicate nanoclay) were used as building blocks to prepare environmentally benign (organic/inorganic) hybrid materials of natural origin. Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), cellulose fibers (CFs), and sacran were employed as polysaccharides. By utilizing oppositely charged organic and inorganic components, polysaccharide/imogolite hybrids were prepared by spin-assisted layer-by-layer assembly and solution blending. The fine dispersion and attractive interactions of imogolite with polysaccharides afforded hybrids with improved physicochemical properties.
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The authors acknowledge the financial support of the JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) (Grant No. 26248053, 17H01221) and JSPS A3 Project. We acknowledge Prof. Tatsuo Kaneko and Dr. Maiko Okajima for providing the sacran sample. We also thank Dr. Akihiko Takada and Dr. Linlin Li for collaboration.
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Higaki, Y., Takahara, A. Structure and properties of polysaccharide/imogolite hybrids. Polym J 54, 473–479 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41428-021-00588-7
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