International Standards Development in Renewable Cellulose Nanomaterials

W. Nieh
U.S. Forest Service, US

Keywords: nanocellulose


Nanotechnology is one of the emerging research areas in forest products. Recognizing its transformational nature, the green and renewable cellulose nanomaterial has emerged as a major area of interest internationally. Potential products from cellulose nanomaterials, and therefore forest products of the future, include but are not limited to, plastics, biomedical materials, aerospace and automobile materials, defense materials, electronics, smart packaging, new building and paper products. As some cellulose nanomaterials-based products near the commercialization stage, it has become necessary to develop international standards to facility communication, remove trade barriers, provide consensus test methods for consideration in regulation-development and inform policy formulation. In this presentation, the author will discuss coordination efforts in cellulose nanomaterials international standards development, current standards development activities in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry (TPPI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and future international standards development plans reported in the TAPPI Roadmap for the Development of International Standards for Nanocellulose.