This model shows 9 glucose units joined by alternating β (beta) 1-4 bonds
This forms a flat ribbon-like strand which is the basis for the cellulose microfibril.
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Every other glucose unit is effectively the opposite way up, as they are in cellobiose. This can be seen when the carbon 6 and associated groups
Cellulose forms microfibrils with many such strand running parallel to one another, stabilised by hydrogen bonds which extend side ways between strands, as well as betweeen glucose units in each strand.
H bonds within the strand.