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Literary linguistics: Open Access research in English language

Strathprints makes available Open Access scholarly outputs by English Studies at Strathclyde. Particular research specialisms include literary linguistics, the study of literary texts using techniques drawn from linguistics and cognitive science.

The team also demonstrates research expertise in Renaissance studies, researching Renaissance literature, the history of ideas and language and cultural history. English hosts the Centre for Literature, Culture & Place which explores literature and its relationships with geography, space, landscape, travel, architecture, and the environment.

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Characterisation of amino acid modified cellulose surfaces using ToF-SIMS and XPS

Kalaskar, D. M. and Ulijn, R. V. and Gough, J. E. and Alexander, M. R. and Scurr, D. J. and Sampson, W. W. and Eichhorn, S. J. (2010) Characterisation of amino acid modified cellulose surfaces using ToF-SIMS and XPS. Cellulose, 17 (4). pp. 747-756. ISSN 0969-0239

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Abstract

Cellulosic fibrous networks are modified using 3 different amino acids; small (Glycine, Gly), aliphatic (Leucine, Leu) and aromatic (Phenylalanine, Phe). The effect of amino acid functionality on chemical coupling to cellulose fibres in terms of their coverage and packing density are investigated. Different amino acid modified cellulose networks are characterised by using Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The presence of amino acids is confirmed using ToF-SIMS. The quantitative distribution of different amino acids across the cellulose surface is assessed by using XPS. It is shown that the packing density of amino acids depends on the size of the side chain; smaller amino acids (Gly, Leu) tend to couple to the surface at higher density compared to larger ones (Phe). This study has implications for the functionalisation of polysaccharide materials for a wide range of applications.