The influence of fibrillation on the oxygen barrier prop-erties of films from microfibrillated cellulose

Jörg Padberg*, Thoralf Gliese, Wolfgang Bauer

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The potential of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) films as oxygen barrier has been investigated in several studies before. However, no study clearly shows the minimum degree of fibrillation, which is required to reach this barrier property. In the case where a range of different fibrillation grades of the same material has been evaluated, it was seen that increased fibrillation brought no significant observed changes in oxygen barrier proper-ties. Since MFC production is a highly energy intensive pro-cess, determining a minimum fibrillation required to develop oxygen barrier properties has the potential for significant savings. In this study, a series of fibrillation levels was evaluated in respect to oxygen barrier film formation in order to identify such a minimum MFC quality derived from a given fibre feed.A combination of various analytical methods was used in order to characterise the MFC fibrillation grades pro-duced. The tested oxygen transmission rate shows a sud-den rather than a gradual development of the oxygen barrier as a function of increasing fibrillation. Measure-ments with a fibre image analyser revealed that beyond a certain amount of detectable fines and small fibre fraction there is no disturbance of the oxygen barrier performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-560
Number of pages13
JournalNordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Fibrilla-tion study
  • Gas permeation
  • Mercury porosimetry
  • Morphological characterisation
  • Nanocellulose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Materials Science(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science


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