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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • mesoporous materials;
  • microwave chemistry;
  • renewable resources;
  • terpenoids
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Fruit for thought: Low-temperature microwave hydrothermal processing of orange peel not only enables the separation of the major components but also adds further value through the production of other high-value products: pectin and D-limonene, together with a rare form of mesoporous cellulose, are produced in a single step, without added acid. A process temperature change enables the conversion of D-limonene to α-terpineol.