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Keywords:

  • Cellulose;
  • Nanocasting;
  • Silica

Abstract

Aqueous solutions of hydroxypropyl cellulose with cholesteric superstructures were employed as templates in a silica nanocasting process, and the resulting pore structures were characterized by polarization microscopy, circular dichroism, X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and sorption measurements. Whereas the local pore architecture corresponds to a cast of single cellulose strands and their statistical aggregates, the averaged structure on larger scales keeps the cholesteric character, with the cholesteric pitch just slightly shortened.