Advanced Cellulose Chemistry and Analytics

Moderne Cellulosechemie und -analytik

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Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth

Cellulose is the most abundant natural and renewable polymer. Another superlative is its importance as natural product, both with regard to its economic value and to the breadth of its applications. It is the basis of whole industrial branches, such as the paper industry and major parts of the textile industry. With the increasing focus on natural resources and sustainability issues, also cellulose has been undergoing a surge of interest both from the academic viewpoint and the industrial perspective.

In addition to the classical cellulose chemistry which is mainly connected with large-scale pulping, bleaching and paper-making / fiber-making techniques, current cellulose research is directed towards an “advanced understanding and advanced applications of this most important bioresource” (Panel of the 2nd International Cellulose Conference, 2007). This includes the following “hot” scientific topics, on which will be focused within the framework of the Christian Doppler-Laboratory for Advanced Cellulose Chemistry and Analytics:

  • Molecular-level characterization of celluloses beyond the classical sum parameters.
  • Advanced understanding of cellulose swelling and dissolution on a molecular basis.
  • Highly functionalized cellulosic products taking advantage of the intrinsic properties of the polymer in combination with modern modifying reagents.
  • Advanced understanding of cellulose degradation and aging as the basis to extend lifecycles and maintain the value of historic cellulosic products and cultural heritage.

The CD lab is placed in the framework of an active scientific environment at the Department of Chemistry at BOKU Vienna and is embedded in a network of active national and international cooperation within the scientific cellulose community. Cutting-edge research will be performed both to advance the current state of knowledge on fundamental cellulose chemistry and analytics and to foster the collaboration with the industrial partners in the fields of modern applied aspects of cellulose science.

Research at the CD-lab is structured in six modules, each of them relating to an industrial partner



  •  Modul 1:

Lohmann & Rauscher GmbH

"Polysaccharide gels in medical applications"

  •  Modul 3:

PAL Preservation Academy GmbH Leipzig

"Mass deacidification and damage control of valuable historic paper objects"

  •  Modul 4:

Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

"Intelligent cellulosic tissue modified with advanced slow-release reagents"

  •  Modul 5:

Lenzing AG

"Products and follow-up chemistry of (hemi)cellulose degradation"

  •  Modul 8:

Saint-Gobain Isover G+H AG

"Renewable substitutes for phenol-formaldehyde resin binders based on lignocellulosics"

  •  Modul 9:

Kelheim Fibres GmbH

"Oxidative Viscose Fibre Modification"