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Depolymerization of crystalline cellulose catalyzed by acidic ionic liquids grafted onto sponge-like nanoporous polymers

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Abstract

The acidic ionic liquid (IL) functionalized polymer (PDVB–SO3H–[C3vim][SO3CF3]) possesses abundant nanoporous structures, strong acid strength and unique capability for deconstruction of crystalline cellulose into sugars in ILs. The polymer shows much improved catalytic activities in comparison with mineral acids, homogeneous acidic ionic liquids and the acidic resins such as Amberlyst 15. The enhanced catalytic activity found in the polymer is attributed to synergistic effects between the strongly acidic group and the ILs grafted onto the polymer, which by itself is capable of breaking down the crystalline structures of cellulose. This study may help develop cost-effective and green routes for conversion of biomass to fuels.

Graphical abstract: Depolymerization of crystalline cellulose catalyzed by acidic ionic liquids grafted onto sponge-like nanoporous polymers

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The article was received on 26 Jun 2013, accepted on 31 Jul 2013 and first published on 31 Jul 2013


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44703K
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 8456-8458
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    Depolymerization of crystalline cellulose catalyzed by acidic ionic liquids grafted onto sponge-like nanoporous polymers

    F. Liu, R. K. Kamat, I. Noshadi, D. Peck, R. S. Parnas, A. Zheng, C. Qi and Y. Lin, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 8456
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44703K

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