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Title: About the structure of cellulose: debating the Lindman hypothesis

item GLASSER, WOLFGANG - Virginia Polytechnic Institution & State University
item BROWN, MALCOM - University Of Texas
item French, Alfred - Al
item ATALLA, RAJAI - Cellulose Sciences International
item BURCHARD, WALTHER - University Of Freiburg
item BLACKWELL, JOHN - Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)
item NISHIYAMA, YOSHIHARU - National Council For Scientific Research-Cnrs
item KLEMM, DIETER - University Of Jena

Submitted to: Cellulose
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/9/2012
Publication Date: 3/24/2012
Citation: Glasser, W., Brown, M., French, A.D., Atalla, R., Burchard, W., Blackwell, J., Nishiyama, Y., Klemm, D. 2012. About the structure of cellulose: debating the Lindman hypothesis. Cellulose. 19:589-598.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The hypothesis advanced in this issue of Cellulose, that the solubility or insolubility characteristics of cellulose are significantly based upon amphiphilic and hydrophobic molecular interactions, is bound to shake the roots of (some of) our textbook wisdom. The hypothesis is based on the considerations of some fundamental polymer physicochemical principles laid out by Lindman et al. I have invited several (selected) experts of the topic to provide comments relevant to the hypothesis. This is meant to provide a platform for open debate with the hope that new research is stimulated on this issue.