Reactions of carbohydrates – bleaching Among all industrial bleaching chemicals (see Principles and definitions–bleaching), chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is the most selective lignin oxidant and it reacts very slowly with polysaccharides, although reactions of molecular chlorine (Cl2) with pulp carbohydrates are also much slower than those with lignin.1,2 On dissolution of molecular chlorine (Cl2) in water,
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