, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 977–985 | Cite as

Isolation, preparation, and characterization of nanofibers from oil palm empty-fruit-bunch (OPEFB)

  • Farah Fahma
  • Shinichiro Iwamoto
  • Naruhito Hori
  • Tadahisa Iwata
  • Akio TakemuraEmail author


Cellulose nanofibers were produced by hydrolyzing oil palm empty-fruit-bunches with sulfuric acid. The effect of hydrolysis time on the structure and properties of the nanofibers was investigated. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was employed to evaluate the change of chemical composition. Atomic force microscope images showed that the average thickness of the nanofibers ranged from 1 to 3.5 nm as the hydrolysis time was varied. Longer hydrolysis time produced a higher yield of dispersed nanofibers; whereas the degree of crystallinity and the degree of polymerization decreased with increasing hydrolysis time. The degradation of nanofibers with higher sulfate group content started at a lower temperature.


Nanofiber Oil palm empty-fruit-bunch Cellulose Acid hydrolysis 



The authors thank to Mr. Takuya Isogai (The University of Tokyo) for his assistance with DP measurements. One of the authors (Farah Fahma) is a recipient of the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Farah Fahma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shinichiro Iwamoto
    • 1
  • Naruhito Hori
    • 1
  • Tadahisa Iwata
    • 1
  • Akio Takemura
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biomaterial Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Agroindustrial TechnologyBogor Agricultural UniversityBogorIndonesia

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