Cellulosic

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Cellulosic refers to any material derived from cellulose, a complex carbohydrate, or polysaccharide, that forms the primary structural component of green plants. Cellulosic materials have been used in a variety of applications, including the production of paper, textiles, and biofuels.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Cellulose is a complex carbohydrate that is composed of glucose units. It is the most abundant organic polymer on Earth, and it forms the primary structural component of green plants. Cellulosic materials are derived from this cellulose.

Applications[edit | edit source]

Paper[edit | edit source]

Cellulosic materials have been used in the production of paper for centuries. The cellulose fibers in plants are used to create a pulp, which is then formed into sheets and dried to create paper.

Textiles[edit | edit source]

Cellulosic materials are also used in the production of textiles. For example, rayon is a synthetic fiber made from regenerated cellulose. Other cellulosic fibers include cotton, which is almost pure cellulose, and linen, which is derived from the flax plant.

Biofuels[edit | edit source]

More recently, cellulosic materials have been used in the production of biofuels. Cellulosic ethanol, for example, is a type of biofuel produced from the cellulose in plants. This process involves breaking down the cellulose into its component glucose units, which are then fermented to produce ethanol.

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