Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 88, Issue 1, pp 6–12 | Cite as

Heteroaggregation of cellulose nanocrystals with Fe2O3 nanoparticles

  • Vasily Igorevich MikhaylovEmail author
  • Mikhail Anatolievich Torlopov
  • Elena Fedorovna Krivoshapkina
  • Ilia Sergeevich Martakov
  • Pavel Vasilievich Krivoshapkin
Original Paper: Sol-gel, hybrids and solution chemistries


Hybrid dispersion systems based on cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and ferric oxide nanoparticles have been prepared, and heteroaggregation process for a wide range of the concentration ratio of the components have been studied. It is established that one can obtain stable colloidal dispersions with both negatively and positively charged particles or hybrid systems with a neutralized surface charge by controlling the CNC/Fe2O3 concentration ratio. It is shown that the heteroaggregation of cellulose nanocrystals-Fe2O3 hybrid dispersions occurs by the “charge neutralization–charge reversal” mechanism. The hybrid systems are stable outside the range of the ζ-potential values between −30 and +30 mV.

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Hybrid particles Cellulose nanocrystals Iron oxide CNC Sol–gel Heteroaggregation 



This research was supported by a grant from the Russian Science Foundation (project №. 16-13-10148).

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of chemistry of Komi SC UB RASSyktyvkarRussia
  2. 2.ITMO UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.St. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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