Studies in chemically modified celluloses. VII. Periodate oxidation of cellulose dyed with reactive dyes



Periodate oxidation of cellulose and cellulose dyed with reactive dyes at 32°C in the presence and absence of various concentrations of alkali metal chlorides and sulfates has been studied. The extent of oxidative degradation undergone by cellulose and assessed in terms of copper number and cuprammonium fluidity of the oxidized dyeing, the oxygen consumption during the oxidation, and the rate constant were shown to be markedly increased by the presence of the salts in the oxidizing solution. Borohydride and chlorous acid treatment were used to further modify the periodate oxycelluloses, and the effect of these treatments on the properties was studied.