Depolymerization of Cellulose Using Solid Catalysts in Ionic Liquids


  • We acknowledge financial support from the Max-Planck-Society and from the Cluster of Excellence RWTH-Aachen “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass”.


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Wood you believe it! Solid acids act as powerful catalysts for the hydrolysis of cellulose dissolved in an ionic liquid. Cellulose undergoes selective depolymerization, yielding cellulose oligomers (cellooligomers) without any substantial formation of side products. Even wood, a lignocellulosic material, is hydrolyzed using this methodology.