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Solutions of Native Cellulose in Ionic Liquids

Certain ionic liquids are good at breaking hydrogen bonds and can dissolve native cellulose. For many years humans have chemically modified cellulose to make it soluble for fiber spinning and coating. By dissolving native cellulose, all the hydrogen bonding in wood allows higher modulus fibers and since the ionic liquids can be easily recovered, this new processing of native cellulose is very green and sustainable.

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Number of undergraduates needed: 2
Minimum qualifications: knowledge of cellulose structure and hydrogen bonding

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Ralph Colby
305 Steidle Building
Earth and Mineral Sciences
8148633457
colby@matse.psu.edu
Materials Science & Engineering