Adriana Šturcová, PhD
TopicMulti-centred hydrogen bonds in cellulose
AnnotationCellulose is a linear polyglucan that is produced by plant cell walls and also by some algae, bacteria and marine animals. Supramolecular structure of cellulose is stabilised by a network of simple and multi-centre hydrogen bonds. The aim of this work is to contribute to understanding of the mechanism of formation of the multi-centre hydrogen bonds and their role in cellulose stability. In-depth knowledge of cellulose structure is important for its use in development of new materials with highly optimised mechanical properties. Apart from crystalline allomorphs of cellulose, solutions of cellulose in ionic liquids and its interactions with selected polymers will also be studied. Raman and infrared spectroscopy are the main methods of study; these will be combined with molecular modelling (quantum chemical methods). Dependent on the student’s professional orientation, this work can be of experimental of or theoretical nature.

Otto Wichterle Centre of Polymer Materials and Technologies - CPMTOW

Centre of Biomedicinal Polymers - CBMP

Centre of Polymer Sensors - CPS

Polymers for Power Engineering - Energolab


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