Native Cellulose: A Composite of Two Distinct Crystalline Forms

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Science  20 Jan 1984:
Vol. 223, Issue 4633, pp. 283-285
DOI: 10.1126/science.223.4633.283


Multiplicities in the resonances of chemically equivalent carbons, which appear in the solid-state carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of native celluloses, have been examined at high resolution. The patterns of variation are consistent with the existence of two distinct crystalline forms. One form is dominant in bacterial and algal celluloses, whereas the other is dominant in celluloses from higher plants.

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