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Synthesis and characterization of novel amino cellulose esters

  • Cíntia Salomão Pinto Zarth
  • Andreas Koschella
  • Annett Pfeifer
  • Susann Dorn
  • Thomas HeinzeEmail author


The homogeneous conversion of cellulose dissolved in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone/LiCl and 1-N-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride with N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, ε-caprolactam, N-methyl-ε-caprolactam, and N-methyl-2-piperidone in the presence of p-toluenesulphonic acid chloride was studied. Depending on the reaction conditions, novel cellulose esters with degree of substitution (DS) values ranging from 0.12 to 1.17 could be prepared. The structure of the amino group containing cellulose esters was elucidated by elemental analysis, FTIR- and NMR spectroscopy. NMR spectroscopy revealed an almost complete esterification of position 6 of the anhydroglucose unit at DS of 1. The conversion can be conducted between room temperature and 40 °C, while side-reactions became predominant at 60 °C. Starting with DS of 0.24, the samples were soluble both in water and dimethyl sulphoxide. The derivatives described are capable of forming polyelectrolyte complexes. The samples were stable at room temperature in aqueous solution at pH 2 and 7. Lower viscosities were found for samples with higher DS in aqueous solution at comparable molar mass.


Amino group containing cellulose ester Ring-opening of lactams Homogeneous conversion NMR spectroscopy FTIR spectroscopy Cellulose esters 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007–2013] under grant agreement no. 214015 (C.S.P.Z.) and no. 214653. The authors thank Dow Wolff Cellulosics GmbH & Co. KG for the generous financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cíntia Salomão Pinto Zarth
    • 1
  • Andreas Koschella
    • 1
  • Annett Pfeifer
    • 1
  • Susann Dorn
    • 1
  • Thomas Heinze
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute for Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry, Center of Excellence for Polysaccharide ResearchFriedrich Schiller University of JenaJenaGermany

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