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    The abundance of cellulose found in natural resources such as wood, and the wide spectrum of structural diversity of cellulose nanomaterials in the form of micro‐nano‐sized particles and fibers, have sparked a tremendous interest to utilize cellulose's intriguing mechanical properties in designing high‐performance functional materials, where cellulose's structure–mechanics relationships are pivotal. In this progress report, multiscale mechanics understanding of cellulose, including the key role of hydrogen bonding, the dependence of structural interfaces on the spatial hydrogen bond density, the effect of nanofiber size and orientation on the fracture toughness, are discussed along with recent development on enabling experimental design techniques such as structural alteration, manipulation of anisotropy, interface and topology engineering. Progress in these fronts renders cellulose a prospect of being effectuated in an array of emerging sustainable applications and being fabricated into high‐performance structural materials that are both strong and tough.

     
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    Highly conductive and mechanically strong microfibers are attractive in energy storage, thermal management, and wearable electronics. Here, a highly conductive and strong carbon nanotube/nanofibrillated cellulose (CNT–NFC) composite microfiber is developed via a fast and scalable 3D‐printing method. CNTs are successfully dispersed in an aqueous solution using 2,2,6,6‐tetramethylpiperidinyl‐1‐oxyl (TEMPO) oxidated NFCs, resulting in a mixture solution with an obvious shear‐thinning property. Both NFC and CNT fibers inside the all‐fiber‐based microfibers are well aligned, which helps to improve the interaction and percolation between these two building blocks, leading to a combination of high mechanical strength (247 ± 5 MPa) and electrical conductivity (216.7 ± 10 S cm−1). Molecular modeling is applied to offer further insights into the role of CNT–NFC fiber alignment for the excellent mechanical strength. The combination of high electrical conductivity, mechanical strength, and the fast yet scalable 3D‐printing technology positions the CNT–NFC composite microfiber as a promising candidate for wearable electronic devices.

     
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