European Journal of Wood and Wood Products

, Volume 77, Issue 3, pp 483–486 | Cite as

Fibrous microcrystalline cellulose from Ficus natalensis barkcloth

  • Mugaanire Innocent Tendo 
  • Wang Hua Email author
  • Junfen Sun
Brief Original


In this study, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) at an overall yield of 30.9% was prepared from Ficus natalensis bark cloth via acid hydrolysis. MCC exhibited a high crystallinity index of 75.8% and an initial thermal degradation temperature of 314.6 °C. Morphological studies revealed fibrous rod-like particles of MCC with somewhat rough surfaces whose average length and diameter were approximately 90 ± 25 μm and 17.08 ± 3.3 μm, respectively. Thus, the thermally stable fibrous MCC prepared from this study expands the scope of applications for the barkcloth as fillers in biocomposites.



Special thanks to Mr. Bakidde Matovu for supplying the barkcloth, and Bao Jian Kun for assistance in accessing characterization equipment.


No funding was received from any agency.

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The authors declare no potential conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mugaanire Innocent Tendo 
    • 1
  • Wang Hua 
    • 1
    Email author
  • Junfen Sun
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Textile Science and Technology, Department of Textile Engineering and Technology, College of TextilesDonghua UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Material Science and EngineeringDonghua UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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