Cellulose modification by polymer grafting: A review

Debashish Roy, Mona Semsarilar, James T. Guthrie, Sébastien Perrier

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This critical review is concerned with the recent advances in graft polymerisation techniques involving cellulose and its derivatives. It summarises some of the features of cellulose structure and cellulose reactivity. Also described are the various techniques for grafting synthetic polymers from the cellulosic substrate. In addition to the traditional grafting techniques, we highlight the recent developments in polymer synthesis that allow increased control over the grafting process and permit the production of functional celluloses that possess improved physical properties and chemical properties (189 references).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2046-2064
Number of pages19
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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