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Efficient levoglucosenone production by catalytic pyrolysis of cellulose mixed with ionic liquid

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Abstract

Levoglucosenone is a synthetically valuable and versatile compound that is present as a minor product of cellulose pyrolysis. Here, we report the catalytic pyrolysis of cellulose by mixing with 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium triflate ionic liquid (IL), forming levoglucosenone in high yield. The catalysis of the IL was selectively directed to form levoglucosenone, while the low content of IL (50%) effectively prevented formation of char, leading to a yield near 20% even at 250 °C. The thermally stable IL could be fully recovered from the mixture pyrolyzed up to 300 °C and reutilized for pyrolysis.

Graphical abstract: Efficient levoglucosenone production by catalytic pyrolysis of cellulose mixed with ionic liquid

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The article was received on 08 Aug 2011, accepted on 01 Sep 2011 and first published on 06 Oct 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15975E
Citation: Green Chem., 2011,13, 3306-3311
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    Efficient levoglucosenone production by catalytic pyrolysis of cellulose mixed with ionic liquid

    S. Kudo, Z. Zhou, K. Norinaga and J. Hayashi, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 3306
    DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15975E

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