Oxidation of Fully Bleached Paper-grade Kraft Pulps with H2O2 Activated by Cu(Phen) and the Effect of the Final pH
Keywords:Cellulose oxidation, Copper Phenanthroline, Fully bleached paper grade pulps, Dissolving ability, Cellulose depolymerization, Cotton Linters, Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is an environmentally friendly bleaching chemical that is widely used in alkaline media in the pulp and paper industry. In this study, unconventional reaction conditions of the conventional bleaching P-stage were performed to evaluate its effect on cellulose. The objective was to “tailor” the cellulose degradation according to different applications, such as dissolving pulps. Different operating conditions were studied: pH variation (alkaline or acidic medium), as well as the addition of Cu(II) or the Cu(II)-phenanthroline complex. The hypotheses considered were (1) Using H2O2 in unconventional conditions will favor hemicelluloses removal after depolymerization and will lead to the desired cellulose degradation, and (2) H2O2 oxidation carried out under unconventional conditions will favor the dissolving ability of cellulose.