Anisotropy and temperature dependence of structural, thermodynamic, and elastic properties of crystalline cellulose Iβ: A first-principles investigation

Fernando L. Dri, Shun Li Shang, Louis G. Hector, Paul Saxe, Zi Kui Liu, Robert J. Moon, Pablo D. Zavattieri

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations


Anisotropy and temperature dependence of structural, thermodynamic and elastic properties of crystalline cellulose Iβ were computed with first-principles density functional theory (DFT) and a semi-empirical correction for van der Waals interactions. Specifically, we report the computed temperature variation (up to 500 K) of the monoclinic cellulose Iβ lattice parameters, constant pressure heat capacity, Cp, entropy, S, enthalpy, H, the linear thermal expansion components, ξi, and components of the isentropic and isothermal (single crystal) elastic stiffness matrices, CijS (T) and CijT (T), respectively. Thermodynamic quantities from phonon calculations computed with DFT and the supercell method provided necessary inputs to compute the temperature dependence of cellulose Iβ properties via the quasi-harmonic approach. The notable exceptions were the thermal conductivity components, λi (the prediction of which has proven to be problematic for insulators using DFT) for which the reverse, non-equilibrium molecular dynamics approach with a force field was applied. The extent to which anisotropy of Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio is temperature-dependent was explored in terms of the variations of each with respect to crystallographic directions and preferred planes containing specific bonding characteristics (as revealed quantitatively from phonon force constants for each atomic pair, and qualitatively from charge density difference contours). Comparisons of the predicted quantities with available experimental data revealed reasonable agreement up to 500 K. Computed properties were interpreted in terms of the cellulose Iβ structure and bonding interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number085012
JournalModelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computer Science Applications


Dive into the research topics of 'Anisotropy and temperature dependence of structural, thermodynamic, and elastic properties of crystalline cellulose I<sub>β</sub>: A first-principles investigation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this