Forest Nanotechnology Intervention: A Case Study on the Alternative Use of Industrial Tree Plantation Species

Author : Muje, Leian Aira Montaril
Major Adviser : Migo, Veronica P.
Major Co-Adviser : Razal, Ramon A.
Committee Members : Arocena, Rhebner E.; Migo-Sumagang, Maria Victoria P.
Year : 2020
Month : July
Type : Thesis
Degree: BS
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In CARAGA region, there are industrial tree plantation species (ITPS) namely Falcata, Gmelina, and Mangium. There is a total of 111,600 cubic meters of ITPS log production from local plantations. Woods from these plantations are used for construction and production of furniture, paper and others. This explored value-adding products for ITPS by utilizing wood production and transforming it into a high-value product using nanotechnology. Falcata tree has 55% cellulose, 27% lignin, 10%, hemicellulose and 8% ash. Mangium, has 54.56% cellulose and 32.1% lignin. Gmelina tree has 43.2% cellulose and 24.8 % lignin. Nanotechnology widens the application of a cellulose source. Latest researches about nanotechnology related to forest products presented the opportunity to different applications in food, packaging, health, construction, automotive, electronics and sensors. This case study is an exploratory approach that answered the question of what the best application is to utilize the timber wood production of ITPS. This exploratory case study used existing data and experiment in the analysis of the study. Applications discussed are namely; reinforcement in biofilm, active packaging development, and biopharma (biomedicine). These applications were chosen in consideration of the market trends of nanocellulose. The study presented a cost estimation of extracting nanocellulose from industrial tree plantation species to determine the feasibility. It discussed the latest development of different applications of nanocellulose to utilize the use of Industrial Tree Plantation Species. With today’s technology, experts are bringing light to these applications to optimize the functions of the extracted nanocellulose. This will further give higher value to the products. The gaps experienced in each application can be addressed which will make the derivative of nanocellulose in these fields achieved their optimum value and function.

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