, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 159–165 | Cite as

Melting cellulose

  • Johannes SchroeterEmail author
  • Florian Felix


Cellulose has been deformed plastically by the use of mechanical shear, uniaxial pressure, and laser radiation. Felty specimens either from wood pulp or cotton wool were converted to thin compact transparent disks. Afterwards, the disks were examined by IR-spectroscopy, light microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. This novel approach may pave the way for a new method to convert natural cellulose to plastic products (fibres, films), thus widening the use of nature’s most frequent polymer.


Cellulose Laser Melting Plastification Pressure Shear 









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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastics EngineeringRosenheim University of Applied SciencesRosenheimGermany
  2. 2.Garmisch-PartenkirchenGermany

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