# Can beta D-glucose be present hydrolysate after hydrolysis of cellulose and how can it be converted into alpha D-glucose?

When we perform the hydrolysis of cellulose by acid, we already knew that it can convert cellulose into glucose. As we know, cellulose is composed of beta glucose units linked by beta 1,4-glucosidic bonds. So I would like to know, resulting glucose after hydrolysis is beta or alpha glucose? If beta glucose is present, how can it be converted to alpha?

In aqueous solution, $\alpha$-D-glucose and $\beta$-D-glucose equilibrate. So glucose derived from aqueous acid hydrolysis of cellulose will eventually become an equilibrium mixture of α and β.