Novel Elastomeric Chitin Nanocomposites for Coatings and Adhesives

The proposed project is a characterization study on chitin nanowhisker nanocomposites. Chitin nanowhiskers are derived from chitin, a naturally occurring biopolymer found in arthropod exoskeletons, and offer great potential for reinforcement and property enhancement once blended with typical engineering plastic matrices. Compared to traditional inorganic fillers such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, chitin nanowhiskers are biocompatible and biodegradable, exhibiting comparable property improvements with none of the downsides of the inorganic materials (i.e. biohazardous, toxic). For this specific project, the intern will be undertaking a characterization of nanocomposite materials composed of chitin nanowhiskers and a select few thermoplastics and thermosets, investigating the mechanical, thermal, and barrier property improvements in the materials upon incorporating chitin nanowhiskers. The results of the project will greatly aid in the commercialization of chitin nanowhiskers in both industrial applications as well as everyday consumer products, paving the way for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly economy.

Faculty Supervisor:

Hani Naguib


Muhammad Anwer


BOCO Technology Inc


Engineering - mechanical






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