Cellulose modification for sustainable polymers: overcoming problems of solubility and processing

Peter McNeice, Gert H. ten Brink, Ulrik Gran, Leif Karlson, Rolf Edvinsson, Ben L. Feringa*

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Two new water-soluble cellulose derivatives were prepared by a two-step transformation with 1,3-propane sultone, followed by either maleic or succinic anhydride, thereby converting cellulose into a more easily processable form. It was found that the solubility was dependent on both the degree of substitution and the chemical properties of the substituents. The water-soluble cellulose has a molecular weight greater than 100 000 g mol−1 and both the morphology and molecular weight can be tuned by varying the reaction conditions. Furthermore, the flexible, two-step nature of the process allows for expansion of this methodology in order to prepare cellulose analogues for different applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberd3su00317e
Pages (from-to)369-376
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Sustainability
Issue number2
Early online date4-Jan-2024
Publication statusPublished - 1-Feb-2024

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