CELLULOSE CHEMISTRY AND ITS APPLICATIONS Editors: T. P. NEV EL L, former Senior Lecturer in Polymer and Fibre Science, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, now Visiting Lecturer, and S. HAIG ZERONIAN, Professor of Textile Science, Textile Chemist in the Agricultural Experimental Station, and Chairperson of the Division of Textiles and Clothing, University of California, Davis, California Cellulose constitutes an ubiquitous and uniquely-renewable natural resource which, depending on its origin, has been used for a great variety of products. These include textiles, paper, packaging, and building materials and more recently the "family" of rayons. In addition, such cellulose derivatives, particularly esters and ethers, have many industrial uses. This book will place cellulose chemistry in the mainstream of polymer chemistry. It stands completely alone as an up-to-date overview, comprehensive yet concise, based on the industrial working experience and the research findings of international authorities. The editors, with a life-long association in cellulose research, have blended the specialist contributions into a coherent and lucid work which looks at both the technological applications of cellulose and its derivatives, and at the mechanical properties of fibres and fibrous assemblies. Early chapters lay down the scientific basis of the technology, including the biogenesis and functions of cellulose in the cell walls of growing plants. The editors take into consideration a singularly important factor: that much pioneering research on polymers was done with cellulose. They depict cellulose as one member, albeit an important one, of the whole group of polysaccharides (in themselves a sub-class of polymers): and indicate the most vital industrial applications.