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An Introduction to the Chemistry of Cellulose

Nature volume 150, page 7 (04 July 1942) | Download Citation



THE influence of chemical research on the industrial applications of cellulose has in general been slow in making itself felt as compared with results in many other industries. This, perhaps, is due partly to the fact that the cellulose industries have hitherto been regarded primarily as the domain of the engineer ; although a contributory and more likely reason is the complexity of the chemistry of cellulose. It is not surprising, therefore, that the important advances in this branch of chemistry which have taken place during the past twenty-five years are putting cellulose on an entirely new footing as a material of industry, and it may well be that the post-war period will herald a 'cellulose age' marked by many varied and interesting developments of a chemical rather than engineering nature.

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