CFANS Bioproducts & Biosys Eng
College of Food, Ag & Nat Res Sci
Twin Cities
Project Title: 
3D Structure - Property Functional Relationships in Biomaterials

This research is an attempt to visualize and characterize the 3D bulk structure of biomaterials such as paper, board, biobased composites, and lignocellulosic biomass using non-intrusive techniques. These researchers have been working on developing a method using X-ray computed tomography and TEM-CT where sub-micron and nano-scale resolutions are now feasible. The overall goal of their work using MSI resources is to develop methods to visualize and characterize the 3D pore structure of materials; develop computational tools to predict the transport properties of porous materials using techniques such as molecular random walk simulations and lattice-Boltzman simulations; predict the elastic and viscoelastic material properties using finite element analysis; and predict transport and reaction kinetics in porous biomaterials.

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