Recent Advances in Cellulose Chemistry and Potential Applications

  • Poonam Trivedi
  • Pedro FardimEmail author
Part of the Biofuels and Biorefineries book series (BIOBIO, volume 9)


Cellulose, which is the most abundant organic compound of natural origin, has wide application in technical and biomedical fields. Cellulose can be chemically derivatized in to cellulose intermediates, such as cellulose tosylate or carbonates. The synthesised intermediates can be further transformed into cellulose derivatives of biological interest, for instance, amino cellulose. The reaction parameters such as homogeneous/heterogeneous mode, molar ratio of reagent, temperature, and solvent affects the efficiency of derivatization, substitution pattern and the physicochemical properties of the final product obtained. Derivatized cellulose has been applied to advanced materials for diagnostics and biomedical areas in the form of fibres, nanoparticles microbeads. This chapter provides an integrated overview on cellulose derivatization approaches and advanced material design that can be obtained from cellulose derivatives and which have potential application in biomedical areas.


Cellulose derivatives Tosyl cellulose Functionalization Amino cellulose 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Fibre and Cellulose TechnologyÅbo Akademi UniversityTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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