Jhon Alejandro Ávila Ramírez

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Bacterial cellulose nanofibers were esterified with two short carboxylic acids by means of a simple and novel organic acid-catalyzed route. The methodology proposed relayed on the use of a non-toxic biobased α-hydroxycarboxylic acid as catalyst, and proceeded under moderate reaction conditions in solventless medium. By varying the esterification interval,(More)
A simple straightforward route for the surface esterification of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) is herein proposed. CNC obtained from microcrystalline cellulose were acetylated using as catalyst citric acid, a α-hydroxy acid present in citrus fruits and industrially produced by certain molds in sucrose or glucose-containing medium. No additional solvent was(More)
Bacterial cellulose (BC) nanoribbons were partially acetylated by a simple direct solvent-free route catalyzed by citric acid. The assay of reaction conditions within chosen intervals (i.e. esterification time (0.5-7h), catalyst content (0.08-1.01mmol/mmol AGU), and temperature (90-140°C)), illustrated the flexibility of the methodology proposed, with(More)
Starch acetates with varying degree of substitution (DS) were prepared by a novel solvent-free organocatalytic methodology. The acetylation protocol involved a non-toxic biobased α-hydroxycarboxylic acid as catalyst, and proceeded with high efficiency in absence of solvents. The effect of reaction conditions including reaction temperature (90-140 °C),(More)
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