Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 105, Issue 2, pp 421–426 | Cite as

Kinetic parameters for thermal decomposition of microcrystalline, vegetal, and bacterial cellulose

  • Hernani S. Barud
  • Clóvis A. Ribeiro
  • Jorge M. V. Capela
  • Marisa S. Crespi
  • Sidney. J. L. Ribeiro
  • Younes Messadeq


Cellulose can be obtained from innumerable sources such as cotton, trees, sugar cane bagasse, wood, bacteria, and others. The bacterial cellulose (BC) produced by the Gram-negative acetic-acid bacterium Acetobacter xylinum has several unique properties. This BC is produced as highly hydrated membranes free of lignin and hemicelluloses and has a higher molecular weight and higher crystallinity. Here, the thermal behavior of BC, was compared with those of microcrystalline (MMC) and vegetal cellulose (VC). The kinetic parameters for the thermal decomposition step of the celluloses were determined by the Capela-Ribeiro non-linear isoconversional method. From data for the TG curves in nitrogen atmosphere and at heating rates of 5, 10, and 20 °C/min, the E α and B α terms could be determined and consequently the pre-exponential factor A α as well as the kinetic model g(α). The pyrolysis of celluloses followed kinetic model \( g(\alpha ) = [ - \ln (1 - \alpha )]^{{{1 \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {1 {1.63}}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} {1.63}}}} \) on average, characteristic for Avrami–Erofeev with only small differences in activation energy. The fractional value of n may be related to diffusion-controlled growth, or may arise from the distributions of sizes or shapes of the reactant particles.


Bacterial cellulose Non-isothermal kinetic Thermal decomposition 



The authors acknowledge the FACTE—Fundação de Apoio à Ciência Tecnologia e Educação for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hernani S. Barud
    • 1
  • Clóvis A. Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Jorge M. V. Capela
    • 1
  • Marisa S. Crespi
    • 1
  • Sidney. J. L. Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Younes Messadeq
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of ChemistryAraraquara-Paulista State UniversityAraraquaraBrazil

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