The objective of the proposed research is to investigate the size, microstructure, and surface chemistry dependent mechanics of neat nanocellulose thin films from a molecular viewpoint, and establish design principles for maximizing the performance of these nanostructured materials under microballistic impact. In pursuit of this overarching objective, our first aim will be to establish a coarse-grained molecular dynamics modeling framework for nanocellulose fibrils. Building on this capability, our second aim will be to relate nanocellulose fibril microstructure in thin films to ballistic impact performance.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/17 → 12/31/21|
- Army Research Office (W911NF-17-1-0430 P00006)
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