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The structure of galactoglucomannan impacts the degradation under alkaline conditions
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0277-2269
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8614-6291
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2900-4713
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2018 (English)In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Galactoglucomannan (GGM) from sprucewas studied with respect to the degradation behavior inalkaline solution. Three reference systems includinggalactomannan from locust bean gum, glucomannanfrom konjac and the linear water-soluble carboxymethylcellulose were studied with focus onmolecular weight, sugar composition, degradationproducts, as well as formed oligomers, to identifyrelative structural changes in GGM. Initially allmannan polysaccharides showed a fast decrease inthe molecular weight, which became stable in the laterstage. The degradation of the mannan polysaccharidescould be described by a function corresponding to thesum of two first order reactions; one slow that wasascribed to peeling, and one fast that was connectedwith hydrolysis. The galactose side group wasstable under conditions used in this study (150 min,90 C, 0.5 M NaOH). This could suggest that, apartfrom the covalent connection to C6 in mannose, thegalactose substitutions also interact non-covalentlywith the backbone to stabilize the structure againstdegradation. Additionally, the combination of differentbackbone sugars seems to affect the stability of thepolysaccharides. For carboxymethyl cellulose thedegradation was linear over time which furthersuggests that the structure and sugar composition playan important role for the alkaline degradation. Moleculardynamics simulations gave details about theconformational behavior of GGM oligomers in watersolution, as well as interaction between the oligomersand hydroxide ions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2018.
Keywords [en]
Hemicellulose, Spruce, Alkaline hydrolysis, Peeling, Structural analysis, Molecular dynamics simulations
National Category
Polymer Technologies Wood Science
Research subject
Fibre and Polymer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-225161DOI: 10.1007/s10570-018-1737-zISI: 000460617900052Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85043365333OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-225161DiVA, id: diva2:1194417
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
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QC 20180405

Available from: 2018-04-03 Created: 2018-04-03 Last updated: 2019-03-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Wood Hemicelluloses - Fundamental Insights on Biological and Technical Properties
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Hemicelluloses are a group of heterogeneous polysaccharides representing around 30 % of wood where the dominating types are xylans, glucomannans and xyloglucans. Hemicelluloses complex molecular structure makes it difficult to understand the relationship between structure and properties entirely, and their biological role is not yet fully verified. Additionally, hemicelluloses are sensitive to chemical processing and are not utilized to their full potentials for production of value-added products such as materials, additives to food and pharmaceutical products, etc. Increased knowledge regarding their functions is important for the development of both processes and products. The aim with this work has therefore been to increase the fundamental understanding about how the structure and properties of wood hemicelluloses are correlated, and properties such as flexibility, interaction with cellulose, solubility, resistance to chemical-, thermal-, and enzymatic degradation have been explored.

Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were used to, in detail, study the structures found in wood hemicelluloses. The flexibility was evaluated by comparing the impact of backbone sugars on the conformational space and also the impact of side groups was considered. Based on the conformational space of backbone glycosidic linkages the flexibility order of hemicelluloses in an aqueous environment was determined to be: xylan > glucomannan > xyloglucan. Additionally, the impact of xylan structure on cellulose interaction was evaluated by MD methods.

Hemicelluloses were extracted from birch and spruce, and were used to fabricate different composite hydrogels with bacterial cellulose. These materials were studied with regards to mechanical properties, and it was shown that galactoglucomannans mainly contributed to an increased modulus in compression, whereas the most significant effect from xylan was increased strain under uniaxial tensile testing. Besides, other polysaccharides of similar structure as galactoglucomannans were modified and used as pure, well defined, models. Acetyl groups are naturally occurring decorations of wood hemicelluloses and can also be chemically introduced. Here, mannans with different degrees of acetylation were prepared and the influence of structure on solubility in water and the organic solvent DMSO were evaluated. Furthermore, the structure and water solubility influenced the interaction with cellulose. Acetylation also showed to increase the thermal and biological stability of mannans.

With chemical pulping processes in mind, the degradability of spruce galactoglucomannans in alkaline solution were studied with regards to the structure, and the content of more or less stable structural regions were proposed.

Abstract [sv]

Hemicellulosor är en grupp av heterogena polysackarider som utgör ca 30 % av trä och där de vanligaste typerna är xylaner, glukomannaner och xyloglukaner. Den komplexa strukturen gör det svårt att fullständigt förstå förhållandet mellan struktur och egenskaper, och deras biologiska roll är ännu inte fullständigt kartlagd. Dessutom är hemicellulosor känsliga för kemiska processer och tas inte tillvara på bästa sätt för att tillverka förädlade produkter så som nya material eller användas som additiv till livsmedel och farmaceutiska produkter etc. En ökad kunskap om deras funktion är viktig för utvecklingen av både processer och material. Målet med detta arbete har därför varit att öka den fundamentala förståelsen för hur struktur och egenskaper hos hemicellulosor från trä hänger ihop. Egenskaper så som flexibilitet, interaktion med cellulosa, löslighet, samt kemisk-, termisk- och biologisk stabilitet har utvärderats.

Molekyldynamiska (MD) simuleringar användes för att studera strukturer som återfinns i hemicellulosor på detaljnivå. Flexibiliteten utvärderades med avseende på hur konformationsrymden påverkades av vilka monosackarider som ingick i huvudkedjan, samt påverkan från sidogrupper. Baserat på huvudkedjan bör flexibilitetsordningen för studerade hemicellulosor i vattenlösning vara: xylan > glukomannan > xyloglukan. Dessutom användes MD simuleringar för att analysera hur strukturen hos xylaner påverkar interaktionen med cellulosa.

Hemicellulosor extraherades från björk och gran, och användes för att producera flera olika komposithydrogeler med bakteriell cellulosa. Dessa material studerades bland annat med avseende på de mekaniska egenskaperna och de tydligaste observationerna var att galaktoglukomannan bidrog till en ökad kompressionsmodul, medan xylan framförallt ökade töjbarheten i dragprov. Dessutom modifierades modellpolysackarider med liknande struktur som galaktoglukomannan och användes som extra rena och väldefinierade modellsystem. Acetylgrupper förekommer naturligt som sidogrupper på hemicellulosor och de kan även introduceras via kemisk modifiering. I detta projekt tillverkades mannaner med olika acetyleringsgrad och hur strukturen påverkade lösligheten i vatten och det organiska lösningsmedlet DMSO utvärderades. Det visade sig även att strukturen och lösligheten i vatten påverkade interaktionen med cellulosa. Acetyleringen hade också en positiv effekt på den biologiska och termiska stabiliteten.

Med kemiska massaprocesser i åtanke studerades nedbrytbarheten hos galaktoglukomannaner från gran i alkalisk lösning med avseende på strukturen och förekomsten av mer eller mindre stabila strukturella regioner föreslogs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 82
Series
TRITA-CBH-FOU ; 2018:63
Keywords
hemicellulose, wood, glucomannan, xylan, structure, acetylation, flexibility, solubility, interaction with cellulose, stability., hemicellulosa, trä, glukomannan, xylan, struktur, acetylering, flexibilitet, löslighet, interaktion med cellulosa, stabilitet.
National Category
Wood Science Chemical Sciences Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology Plant Biotechnology
Research subject
Fibre and Polymer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-240982 (URN)978-91-7873-068-1 (ISBN)
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2019-02-01, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
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QC 20190107

Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-07Bibliographically approved

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