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Title: Exploring the Nature of Cellulose Microfibrils

Ultrathin cellulose microfibril fractions were extracted from spruce wood powder using combined delignification, TEMPO-catalyzed oxidation, and sonication processes. Small-angle X-ray scattering of these microfibril fractions in a “dilute” aqueous suspension (concentration 0.077 wt %) revealed that their shape was in the form of nanostrip with 4 nm width and only about 0.5 nm thicknesses. We found that these dimensions were further confirmed by TEM and AFM measurements. The 0.5 nm thickness implied that the nanostrip could contain only a single layer of cellulose chains. At a higher concentration (0.15 wt %), SAXS analysis indicated that these nanostrips aggregated into a layered structure. The X-ray diffraction of samples collected at different preparation stages suggested that microfibrils were delaminated along the (110) planes from the Iβ cellulose crystals. Moreover, the degree of oxidation and solid-state 13C NMR characterizations indicated that, in addition to the surface molecules, some inner molecules of microfibrils were also oxidized, facilitating the delamination into cellulose nanostrips.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1229077
Report Number(s):
BNL--111152-2015-JA
Journal ID: ISSN 1525-7797
DOE Contract Number:
SC00112704
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Biomacromolecules; Journal Volume: 16; Journal Issue: 4
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES