, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 139–150

Synthesis, characterization and properties of methylaminocellulose


DOI: 10.1023/A:1024024402735

Cite this article as:
Knaus, S., Mais, U. & Binder, W.H. Cellulose (2003) 10: 139. doi:10.1023/A:1024024402735


Homogeneously prepared tosylcelluloses (TC) with degrees of substitution (DS) of DSTos 0.1–1.8 were used as intermediates for the synthesis of methylaminocelluloses (MAC) by nucleophilic substitution with methylamine. TC with DSTos up to 1.1 were shown to be valuable intermediates for selective synthesis of MAC with DSMA varying from 0.1 to approximately 1. No nucleophilic substitution was observed at higher DSTos. At the chosen reaction conditions (60 °C, 48 h) residual tosyl moieties remained unchanged and little hydrolysis took place. The samples obtained were characterized by means of elemental analysis, FTIR and 13C CP/MAS NMR spectroscopy. 13C CP/MAS NMR spectroscopy was found to be an efficient tool for quantification of DSMA. Furthermore, the swelling behaviour in water was investigated and preliminary tests concerning the bilirubin adsorption capacity of MAC were carried out.

13C CP/MAS NMR spectroscopy Bilirubin adsorption Methylaminocellulose Nucleophilic substitution Solubility Swelling behaviour Synthesis in homogeneous systems Tosylcellulose 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Knaus
    • 1
  • Ursula Mais
    • 1
  • Wolfgang H. Binder
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied Synthetic ChemistryVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria (e-mail

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