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Kazutaka Ohira, Dr. Yoshikazu Abe, Dr. Motoi Kawatsura, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Dr. Masahiro Mizuno, Prof. Dr. Yoshihiko Amano and Prof. Dr. Toshiyuki Itoh Design of Cellulose Dissolving Ionic Liquids Inspired by Nature ChemSusChem 5

Article first published online: 19 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201100427

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Stimulating the hunger of enzymes: The design of an ionic liquid that has the ability to dissolve cellulose has been attempted from the viewpoint of a cellulase. N,N-diethyl-N-(2-methoxyethyl)-N-methylammonium alanine ([N221ME][Ala]) is a good solvent for cellulose. Dissolution in [N221ME][Ala] converts the crystalline structure of cellulose from Type I to II, which is known to be a form easily digested by cellulases.

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