Polymers that Strengthen Never-dried Joints between Wet Cellulose Surfaces – A Review

Robert H. Pelton, Dong Yang, Emil Gustafsson


Forming an adhesive joint between two wet cellulose surfaces before a drying step is important when manufacturing paper, foams, aerogels, other novel materials from wood pulp fibers, and various types of nanocellulose. This paper reviews the literature with an emphasis on the role of adhesive polymers on wet cellulose adhesion. Linkages between the organization of adhesives between the bonded surfaces and the strength of joints are emphasized. Relevant adhesion results from the surface forces apparatus, colloidal probe atomic force microscopy, paper wet-web strength, and wet-peeling of laminated regenerated cellulose membranes are considered.


Adhesion; Cellulose; Nanocellulose; Papermaking; Wet-web strength

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