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Ultralightweight CNC aergogels with shape recovery and superabsorbent properties

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Colloid probe atomic force microscopy (AFM) measures intersurface forces at pN and nm scale.

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Research snapshot: buckling mechanical tests, AFM, cellulose nanocrystals, thin films, liquid crystal ...

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We could make a lot of cellulose nanocrystals from
this tree! (Dr. Cranston & redwood tree, California)

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Cranston group at the Eiffel tower.

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We can prepare biomimetic thin films of cellulose which are brightly colored, similar to butterfly wings.

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Buckling based metrology can help us measure mechanical properties of sub-nanometer materials.

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Two important doors to remember!
Visit us in JHE lab 363 (or office A412).

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Freeze dried cellulose nanocrystals ready for functionalization and advanced applications.

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Looking for liquid crystal behaviour with 3D movie glasses!

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Advanced Materials Cover for Justin Yang's work on supercapacitor CNC areogels!

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The Lego Cranston Research Group
December 2013.

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The Cranston Research Group
January 2016.

Welcome to the Cranston Research Group!

Our research aims to design high-performance materials to replace those that are based on non-renewable resources by learning from nature and using biological components.
Currently, the bio-component of choice is nanocellulose.  Specifically, this work includes investigating and modifying interfacial properties between nanocomposite components and encompasses disciplines including polymer and surface chemistry, nanotribology, and pulp and paper science, click here for recent media coverage



  • Nanocomposite materials
  • Cellulose Nanocrystals & nanofibrillated cellulose
  • Biopolymers
  • Organic thin films/ coatings
  • Biomimetic self-assembled monolayers
  • Mechanical testing of nanomaterials
  • Cellulose foams/gels/pickering emulsions
  • AFM: imaging and surface forces, adhesion, and friction
  • Adsorption mesurements by QCM-D, SPR and ellipsometry

Printable research flyer, available thanks to MILO.



CSChE   Oct. 28-31, 2018,
68th Chemcial Engineering Conference
SPSASC   Oct. 28- Nov. 7, 2018,
São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Colloids
PolyMac   Dec. 12 2018,
Biofor   Feb. 4-7, 2019,
Paperweek/BioFor Conference in Montreal
MUCEC   TBA ~ April, 2019,
McMaster University Chem. Eng. Conference (MUCEC)
cqmf   April 15 - 19, 2019,
Gordon   June 2 - 7, 2019,
Gordon Research Conference
CSC   June 3 - 7, 2019,
102nd Canadian Chem. Conf. and Ex.
Tappi   June 3, 2019,
2019 Int. Nanotech. Conf. for Renewable Materials
Chemical Institute of Canada   Chemical Institute of Canada
Email for schedules/locations and
more information

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