Solid Fuel Chemistry

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 190–196 | Cite as

Structure Simulation and Calculation of the Energy of Interaction of the Fragments of Cellulose Macromolecules

  • A. M. Gyul’malievEmail author
  • R. Z. SafievaEmail author
  • V. A. VinokurovEmail author
  • O. P. ParenagoEmail author


Quantum chemistry methods were used to calculate the energy parameters of an elementary unit and a cellulose macromolecule dimer (cellobiose), and structure simulation was performed and the energy of interaction between the fragments of native cellulose macromolecules was calculated. It was established that the trans conformation of cellobiose is more stable than the cis conformation by 6.7 kcal/mol. Differences in the calculated and real (according to literature data) IR spectra of cellulose were related to the presence of intramolecular and intermolecular hydrogen bonds in the native structure. It was shown that the interaction of individual fragments of cellulose macromolecules from eight monomer units is due to the manifestation of intramolecular hydrogen bonds. It was found that the energies of intermolecular interactions ∆Е essentially depend on the terminal groups X in the cellulose macromolecule fragments, and they are –26, 49, and ‒32 kcal/mol for X = –H, –COOH, and –COH, respectively. The structure of the interacting fragments of cellulose macromolecules can be regulated by replacing the hydrogen atoms of hydroxyl or terminal groups of the macromolecules with functional groups that do not form intramolecular hydrogen bonds and impede self-organization into fibrillar structures. It was shown that compounds with a high electron affinity or a negative energy of the lower vacant molecular orbital are the best reagents for complexation reactions with cellulose.


quantum chemistry methods cellulose macromolecule biopolymer elementary unit cellobiose IR spectrum hydrogen bonds energy parameters 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Gubkin State University of Oil and GasMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Nonprofit Partnership Technopark of Gubkin UniversityMoscowRussia

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