, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 1869–1879 | Cite as

Biopolymeric films obtained from the parenchyma cells of Agave salmiana leaves

  • Julio Silva-Mendoza
  • María Elena Cantú-Cárdenas
  • Sofia Vazquez-Rodriguez
  • Alberto Toxqui-Terán
  • Leonardo Chávez-GuerreroEmail author
Original Research


Here, we report a non-aggressive method to obtain nanocellulose (NC) from the parenchyma of Agave salmiana leaves. This is accomplished by using a low concentration of a “piranha solution” to achieve solubilization and remove non-cellulosic components, isolating the NC in a single hydrolysis step. X-ray diffraction analysis has shown an increase in the crystallinity index of cellulose from 35 to 60 a result of the hydrolysis, and analysis by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy demonstrated that the cellulose had been purified. To test the thermal, mechanical, and optical properties of the NC, it was used to produce a paper. Analysis by scanning electron microscopy showed that the paper was formed from cellulose nanoplatelets (CNPs) stacked on top of each other.

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Nanocellulose Agave leaves Piranha solution Nanofibrils 



To the UANL and CONACyT for the financial support for this work and for the scholarship awarded (No. CVU 514440). Contributions of the reviewers for the journal are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias QuímicasUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo LeónSan Nicolás de los GarzaMexico
  2. 2.Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y EléctricaUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo LeónSan Nicolás de los GarzaMexico
  3. 3.Advanced Materials Research Center (CIMAV)ApodacaMexico

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