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Chemical database: Cellulose

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Chemical formula (C6H10O5)n
Molar mass -
Density 1.50 g cm -3
Melting point decomposition
Boiling point -
Solubility insoluble in water
CAS number 9004-34-6
Hazards -

Cellulose is a fibrous white polysaccharide, that doesn't have any taste or smell. It is not soluble in water. Cellulose is one of the most widespread organic substances in nature (50% of plant material (wood) is made of this substance). It is used in the production of paper, in the textile industry and for the production of cellophane. It is also used for the production of trinitrocellulose.

Pure enough cellulose can be obtained in any store, in form of cotton. In addition, normal printing paper can be used, paper handkerchiefs, toilet paper, cloth made from cellulose, etc. For less than 1€, one can get plenty of pure cellulose in form of cotton.


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