Abstract:A cellulose/copper blend was prepared by a mechano-chemical treatment using a high-speed ball mill called a planetary mill. Cellulose and copper in the blend were mixed in the submicron scale, as observed by scanning probe microscopy using the surface potential microscopic mode. The treatment made the cellulose crystal almost amorphous while the molecular weight of the cellulose retained 70% of its original value. X-ray diffraction patterns of the copper remained unchanged. Removal of cellulose from the blend … Show more
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