Competing forces during cellulose dissolution: From solvents to mechanisms

Cellulose is a polymer so widely abundant and versatile that we can find it almost everywhere in many different forms and applications

Bruno Medronho; Björn Lindman

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • Cellulose is a polymer so widely abundant and versatile that we can find it almost everywhere in many different forms and applications
  • H-bonding and hydrophobic interactions are responsible for cellulose solubility
  • Cellulose dissolution is a key aspect of many processes; the present treatise reviews the main achievements in the dissolution area
  • Cellulose solvents are of highly different nature giving great challenges in the understanding and analyzing the subtle balance between different interactions
  • Recent work has much emphasized the role of cellulose charge and the concomitant ion entropy effects, as well as hydrophobic interactions

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