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International Journal of the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Technology of Wood

Editor-in-Chief: Faix, Oskar

Editorial Board Member: Daniel, Geoffrey / Militz, Holger / Rosenau, Thomas / Salmen, Lennart / Sixta, Herbert / Vuorinen, Tapani / Argyropoulos, Dimitris S. / Balakshin, Yu / Barnett, J. R. / Burgert, Ingo / Rio, Jose C. / Evans, Robert / Evtuguin, Dmitry V. / Frazier, Charles E. / Fukushima, Kazuhiko / Gindl-Altmutter, Wolfgang / Glasser, W. G. / Holmbom, Bjarne / Isogai, Akira / Kadla, John F. / Koch, Gerald / Lachenal, Dominique / Laine, Christiane / Mansfield, Shawn D. / Morrell, J.J. / Niemz, Peter / Potthast, Antje / Ragauskas, Arthur J. / Ralph, John / Rice, Robert W. / Salin, Jarl-Gunnar / Schmitt, Uwe / Schultz, Tor P. / Sipilä, Jussi / Takano, Toshiyuki / Tamminen, Tarja / Theliander, Hans / Welling, Johannes / Willför, Stefan / Yoshihara, Hiroshi

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Volume 60, Issue 5 (Aug 2006)


Direct investigation of the structural properties of tension wood cellulose microfibrils using microbeam X-ray fibre diffraction

Martin Müller
  • Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Universität Kiel, Kiel, Germany
/ Manfred Burghammer
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France
/ Junji Sugiyama
  • Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Published Online: 2006-08-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HF.2006.078


Single tension-wood fibres from poplar were investigated using a synchrotron radiation X-ray microbeam. The resulting diffraction patterns are highly resolved (smallest d-spacing 0.11 nm). In the gelatinous layer, cellulose microfibrils of high perfection are found in almost ideal parallel alignment. Their cross-section is approximately four-fold greater than that of microfibrils in the S2 layer of the same wood cell. The results are discussed in terms of the influence of encrusting cell wall polymers and cellulose biosynthesis on the structure of wood cellulose microfibrils. In temperature-dependent experiments, the low-temperature thermal expansion coefficients of crystalline cellulose were determined.

Keywords: cellulose microfibrils; gelatinous layer; microbeam; synchrotron radiation; tension wood; thermal expansion; X-ray diffraction

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Corresponding author: Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Universität Kiel, D-24098 Kiel, Germany

Received: December 19, 2005

Accepted: May 30, 2006

Published Online: 2006-08-16

Published in Print: 2006-08-01

Citation Information: Holzforschung, ISSN (Online) 1437-434X, ISSN (Print) 0018-3830, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HF.2006.078.

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