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Ionic liquids as media for biomass processing: opportunities and restrictions

11th EWLP, Hamburg, Germany, August 16–19, 2010

Michael Schrems1 / Agnieszka Brandt2, 3 / Tom Welton2 / Falk Liebner1 / Thomas Rosenau1 / 1

1Christian-Doppler-Laboratory “Advanced Cellulose Chemistry and Analytics”, Department of Chemistry, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Muthgasse 18, A-1190 Vienna, Austria

2Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, London, SW7 2AZ, UK

3The Porter Alliance, Imperial College London, London, SW7 2AZ, UK

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Citation Information: Holzforschung. Volume 65, Issue 4, Pages 527–533, ISSN (Online) 1437-434X, ISSN (Print) 0018-3830, DOI: 10.1515/hf.2011.099, June 2011

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The present study provides insight into the dissolution behavior of renewable materials in ionic liquids. Beech, spruce and rye straw were dissolved in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate as the ionic liquid of choice, which is currently one of the most frequently used cation-anion combinations among ionic liquids for biomaterial processing. The dissolution was followed by selective precipitation of cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin. The obtained lignin was analyzed with Curie-point pyrolysis gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Cu-Py-GC/MS) and the separated cellulose/hemicellulose fractions with gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Time dependence of the dissolution process was studied on rye straw, eucalyptus kraft pulp and beech sulfite pulp. The results show a changing dissolution profile over time, which is due to progressing degradation of the cellulose in the ionic liquid.

Keywords: cellulose; cellulose degradation; Curie-point pyrolysis gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Cu-Py-GC/MS); fractionation; ionic liquids (ILs); lignin; molecular weight distribution (MWD); renewable materials; size-exclusion chromatography (SEC)

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