Cellulose acetate (rayon) is a semi-synthetic polymer.
Paul Schutzenberger first prepared it in 1865. Commercially, cellulose acetate is made from processed wood pulp. The pulp is processed using acetic anhydride to form an acetate flake from which products are made.
Properties of cellulose acetate polymers
- Deep gloss
- High transparency
- Good toughness
Application of cellulose acetate
- Cellulose acetate fibres are used for textiles and clothing.
- Wound dressing
- Personal hygiene products
- Absorbent cloths and wipes
- Speciality papers