An investigation into the properties and microstructure of cement mixtures modified with cellulose nanocrystal

Jessica Flores, Mahsa Kamali, Ali Ghahremaninezhad-M

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This paper aims to examine the effect of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) on the hydration, transport behavior, and microstructure of cement mixtures. The addition of CNC delayed hydration at an early age but improved hydration at later ages. A small increase in the electrical resistivity of the cement mixtures with CNC was observed. Statistical nanoindentation showed a small tendency to a larger volume fraction of high density calcium-silicate-hydrate (C-S-H) and a smaller volume fraction of low-density C-S-H in the mixture with CNC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number498
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017



  • Cement mixture
  • CNC
  • Hydration
  • Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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