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Molecular Co-ordination in Cellulose


No published hypothesis completely satisfies the evidence on the structure of cellulose, though the approximations derived by workers from Polanyi onwards have provided brilliant essays in reducing chaos to order. What appears to be a closer approximation is described below. A thorough treatment of all the lines of more or less indirect evidence supporting this hypothesis has been held up since the outbreak of war, but the bald description may be of value to those interested in cellulose from other points of view, and may enable those possessing modern forms of atomic models to check the probability of the structure.

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PEIRCE, F. Molecular Co-ordination in Cellulose. Nature 153, 586–587 (1944).

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