Center for Advanced Technology (NYSTAR)


Production of Ethyl Cellulose for Energy Applications

Island Group Enterprises (IGE) is a Long Island chemical company. IGE develops specialty chemicals and polymers that use renewable feedstock.

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The project is focused on synthesis of ethyl cellulose, as well as its characterization and applications as energy materials. The main objective of this project to optimize the reaction conditions to control the desire quality of ethyl cellulose. To this a team of scientist from SBU Department of Chemistry set up a high-pressure research reactor. The setup is now producing pilot quantities of Ethyl Cellulose from renewable and widely accessible natural cellulose.

These materials can be used for a wide range of energy applications, including propellants for rapidly developing private space launch industry. Another example application includes the development of polymers for solar holographic device, which is an electricity generator that uses inexhaustible and sustainable solar energy.