Hemicelluloses and celluloses are the most abundant
natural polymers and their availability outranges
practically the current volumes of plastic production.
This paper demonstrates opportunities of xylan ether
derivatives in material applications as developed for
wood-based xylan. Routes to chemicals and materials
useful for coating and packaging - including barrier
materials and coating binders - was demonstrated for
white and pure xylan from bleached birch kraft pulp
resulting in materials with improved plasticization,
processability, and barrier properties. This platform,
tailoring of chemicals and materials, enables further
development for specific applications.