Fundamental aspects of the non-covalent modification of cellulose via polymer adsorption
Review article, 2021

The increasing need for new material applications based on cellulose demands increased functional diversity and thus new functionalisation/modification approaches. The non-covalent modification of cellulose fibres via the adsorption of functional polymers has emerged as a promising route for tailoring the properties of material. This review focuses on fundamental aspects of polymer adsorption on cellulose surfaces, where the adsorption of polyelectrolytes and non-polyelectrolytes are treated separately. Adsorption studies on model surfaces as well as cellulose macro-fibres are reviewed. A correlation of the adsorption findings with the Scheutjens-Fleer polymer adsorption theory is provided, allowing the fundamentals behind the polymer adsorption phenomenon and its context in utilization of cellulose fibres to be understood.

Layer-by layer assembly

Polymer adsorption

Polyelectrolyte adsorption


Specific ionic effects


Vishnu Arumughan

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Anette Larsson Group

Tiina Nypelö

Tiina Nypelö Group

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC)

Merima Hasani

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology, Forest Products and Chemical Engineering

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC)

Anette Larsson

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC)

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Anette Larsson Group

Advances in Colloid and Interface Science

0001-8686 (ISSN)

Vol. 298 102529

Subject Categories

Polymer Chemistry

Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology

Polymer Technologies





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