Introduction to cellulose as a raw material Chemical structure of cellulose Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates that consist of more than nine monosaccharide units covalently bound together by glycosidic linkages.1 Their structures may range from linear to highly branched polymers. These polymeric carbohydrates occur naturally as such (e.g., cellulose, hemicelluloses, starch, pectins and gums) or as
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