Liberation of Cellulose from the Lignin Cage: A Catalytic Pretreatment Method for the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol (pages 1142–1145)
Maija Hakola, Anne Kallioinen, Dr. Marianna Kemell, Dr. Petro Lahtinen, Elina Lankinen, Prof. Markku Leskelä, Dr. Timo Repo, Tiina Riekkola, Matti Siika-aho, Jaana Uusitalo, Dr. Satu Vuorela and Dr. Niklas von Weymarn
Article first published online: 17 SEP 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201000217
Catalytic pretreatment of lignocellulosic materials with a copper(II) phenanthroline catalyst is an efficient and selective method for the isolation of cellulose. The method loosens the wood matrix and liberates cellulose with high yields. The use of a catalyst, water as solvent, and oxygen as oxidant make this process a promising and sustainable method to obtain biofuels.