Sorption of Copper by Cellulose


Belford, Preston and co-workers1,2 have made a study of the sorption of metal ions, particularly the cupric ion, by native cellulose. They suggest that the ions are adsorbed to form a regular two-dimensional lattice on the surfaces of microfibrils by complex formation with hydroxyl groups of the cellulose molecules. Should this be so, copper sorption might give information relating to the surface area of the crystalline fraction in cellulose, and, with such a possibility in view, it was considered worth while to make a further study of the interaction of cellulose with the cupric ion.

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MICHIE, R. Sorption of Copper by Cellulose. Nature 190, 803–804 (1961).

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