Cationic starches in paper-based applications—A review on analytical methods

Angela Chemelli*, Florian Gomernik, Ferula Thaler, Anton Huber, Ulrich Hirn, Wolfgang Bauer, Stefan Spirk

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This review focuses on cationic starches with a low degree of substitution (<0.06) which are mainly used for production of paper-based products. After a brief introduction on starch in general, cationization pathways and importance of cationic starches in paper production, this review emphasizes on the analytical challenges from different perspectives. These include the different length scales of starches when in solution: the macromolecular level, their assembly into nm aggregates and finally hydrocolloids with hundreds of nanometers of diameter. We give an overview on the current state of the art on the analysis of such challenging samples and aim at providing a guideline for obtaining and presenting reliable analytical data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115964
Number of pages14
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • Analysis
  • Cationic starch
  • Paper production
  • Paper technology
  • Starch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science

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