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Two-phase water model in the cellulose network of paper

Conti, A; Palombo, M; Parmentier, A; Poggi, G; Baglioni, P; De Luca, F; (2017) Two-phase water model in the cellulose network of paper. Cellulose , 24 (8) pp. 3479-3487. 10.1007/s10570-017-1338-2. Green open access

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Abstract

Water diffusion in cellulose was studied via two-phase Kärger model and the propagator method. In addition to ruling out anomalous diffusion, the mean squared displacements obtained at different diffusion times from the Kärger model allowed to characterize the system’s phases by their average confining sizes, average connectivity and average apparent diffusion coefficients. The two-phase scheme was confirmed by the propagator method, which has given insights into the confining phase-geometry, found consistent with a parallel-plane arrangement. Final results indicate that water in cellulose is confined in two different types of amorphous domains, one placed at fiber surfaces, the other at fiber cores. This picture fully corresponds to the phenomenological categories so far used to identify water in cellulose fibers, namely, free and bound water, or freezing and non-freezing water.

Type: Article
Title: Two-phase water model in the cellulose network of paper
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10570-017-1338-2
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-017-1338-2
Language: English
Additional information: © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Physical Sciences, Materials Science, Paper & Wood, Materials Science, Textiles, Polymer Science, Materials Science, Cellulose, Paper, Water diffusion, PFG NMR, Propagator, ACID-HYDROLYSIS, DEGRADATION, DIFFUSION, NMR, KINETICS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10046523
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