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Niklas Meine, Dr. Roberto Rinaldi and Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth Solvent-Free Catalytic Depolymerization of Cellulose to Water-Soluble Oligosaccharides ChemSusChem 5

Version of Record online: 5 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201100770

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Reactive milling: The impregnation of cellulosic substrates with catalytic amounts of strong acid minimizes the contact problems encountered in mechanically assisted, solid-state reactions. As a result, full conversion of cellulose into water-soluble oligosaccharides is achieved by milling within 2 h. Water-soluble products are easily hydrolyzed at 130 °C in 1 h, leading to 91 % conversion of the glucan fraction of the substrate into glucose, and 96 % of the xylans into xylose (see picture).

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