We acknowledge financial support from the Max-Planck-Society and from the Cluster of Excellence RWTH-Aachen “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass”.
Depolymerization of Cellulose Using Solid Catalysts in Ionic Liquids†
Article first published online: 22 SEP 2008
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 47, Issue 42, pages 8047–8050, October 6, 2008
How to Cite
Rinaldi, R., Palkovits, R. and Schüth, F. (2008), Depolymerization of Cellulose Using Solid Catalysts in Ionic Liquids. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47: 8047–8050. doi: 10.1002/anie.200802879
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 22 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Received: 17 JUN 2008
- heterogeneous catalysis;
- ionic liquids
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.