The Subtleties of Dissolution and Regeneration of Cellulose: Breaking and Making Hydrogen Bonds

Björn Lindman, Bruno Medronho


Cellulose dissolution and regeneration are old topics that have recently gained renewed attention. This is reflected in both applications - earlier and novel - and in scientific controversies. There is a current discussion in the literature on the balance between hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interactions in controlling the solution behavior of cellulose. Some of the key ideas are recalled.


Cellulose; Dissolution; Regeneration; Hydrophobic interactions; Hydrogen bonds; Entropy

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