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Dr. Furong Tao , Dr. Huanling Song and Prof. Lingjun Chou Hydrolysis of Cellulose by Using Catalytic Amounts of FeCl2 in Ionic Liquids ChemSusChem 3

Version of Record online: 8 OCT 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201000184

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The use of FeCl2 as catalyst in an ionic liquid, 1-(4-sulfonic acid) butyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate (IL-1), is found to be effective for the hydrolysis of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). The conversion reaches >84 %, and yields of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and furfural of 34 % and 19 %, respectively, are achieved; small amounts of levulinic acid and total reducing sugars are also generated.

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