CPMAS 13C NMR and X-ray studies of cellooligosaccharide acetates as a model for cellulose triacetate

Hiroyuki Kono, Yukari Numata, Nobuhiro Nagai, Tomoki Erata, Mitsuo Takai

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A series of crystalline oligomers from α-D-cellobiose octaacetate through α-D-cellohexaose eicosaacetate were prepared by homogeneous acetylation of the corresponding cellooligosaccharides and characterized by cross-polarization and magic angle sample spinning (CPMAS) carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance (13C NMR) spectroscopy and X-ray analysis to obtain the structural models of cellulose triacetate (CTA) in the solid state. Progressing toward the hexamer, the NMR spectral features of the oligomers, in comparison with two allomorphs of CTA I and CTA II, gradually approached those of CTA I. Specifically, chemical shifts of both the hexamer and pentamer were in agreement with those of CTA I. In addition, X-ray diffraction patterns of the oligomers established that the crystalline pentamer and hexamer had a CTA I lattice despite recrystallization from ethylacetate-n-hexane. Therefore, we conclude that the pentamer and hexamer are useful models for the CTA I structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4100-4107
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Nov 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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