Campus Units

Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Bioeconomy Institute (BEI)

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

10-1-2019

Journal or Book Title

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

DOI

10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05108

Abstract

This work explores the use of 1,4-dioxane to depolymerize cellulose into solubilized carbohydrates. This low boiling point solvent offers inexpensive and simple separation compared to higher boiling point solvents such as γ-valerolactone previously considered for acid-catalyzed depolymerization of cellulose. In the present study, several key reaction parameters, including reaction temperature, catalyst concentration, and water content, were studied as major factors influencing sugar production from cellulose. A maximum yield of 51% for levoglucosan, the major product of cellulose depolymerization, was achieved at higher temperature, shorter reaction time and lower acid concentration in the ranges tested for these parameters. Addition of water as co-solvent enhanced solubilization of cellulose and increased solubilized carbohydrate production, which could potentially enable processing of cellulose at high feedstock loadings and milder operating conditions.

Comments

This document is the unedited Author’s version of a Submitted Work that was subsequently accepted for publication in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review. To access the final edited and published work see DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05108. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Chemical Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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