Combustion Properties of Cellulose and Derivatives

Compound Heat of combustion
Calculated for "monomer"
Calculated for polymer (see note)
Cotton 18.855 14.2 15.8
Cellulose acetate 17.598 16.2 17.2
Cellulose Nitrate ? 5.2 5.5

Note: For the calculated values, the weight of the monomer minus the weight of one water molecule was used to represent the repeat unit in the polymer. Also, for combustion reactions, the values are given without the negative sign since it is assumed that we know that combustion releases heat.

Reference: Polymer Handbook, 3rd edition, 1989. J. Brundrup and E.H. Immergut John Wiley & Sons, Inc.