Background: Acid hydrolysis of cellulose fibers yields highly crystalline rod like particles
(cellulose nanocrystals, CNCs) which have many interesting properties including their exceptional
strength, high surface area, ease of functionalization, and self-assembly properties that have driven
research in various directions. To the best of our knowledge, for the first time it was shown that
adsorption of a direct dye onto CNCs in aqueous NaCl solution results in an amorphous vitreous
Methods: TEM, DLS, FTIR, TG, X-ray diffraction, elemental and mass spectrometric analyses.
Results: Two CNCs-based samples were prepared by casting-evaporation technique, namely by
adding Congo Red (CR) to the CNCs dispersion (Sample 1) and by addition of CR and sodium
chloride to the CNCs dispersion (Sample 2). The samples were investigated by FTIR, X-ray
diffraction and thermal property analyses.
Conclusions: The dried Sample 1 was a dyed film, while the dried Sample 2 was a colored glassy
substance. The properties of the Sample 1 were similar to properties of the neat CNCs. The properties
of the Sample 2 were quite different. Such an amorphous vitreous substance is stable when stored and
decomposed by heating with water release.