Electrodynamic investigations of conduction processes in humid microcrystalline cellulose tablets
2005 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 109, no 12, 5450-5455 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The conduction mechanism in microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) tablets at varying relative humidity (RH) has been investigated by using the techniques of low frequency dielectric spectroscopy and transient current analysis at room temperature. The dependence on RH on the measured conductivity and charge carrier density indicates that a high-power-law-exponent percolation process of cations being conducted on water molecules occupying available 6-OH units on the cellulose chains is the dominating dc conduction mechanism at RH below 3 wt % of moisture content. The experimentally observed decrease in charge carrier mobility with increasing moisture content shows that protons and H3O+ ions that are being blocked at empty 6-OH sites also contribute to the charge transport process in cellulose at low moisture contents.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 109, no 12, 5450-5455 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-94364DOI: 10.1021/jp046991aOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-94364DiVA: diva2:168190