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Deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass with ionic liquids

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Abstract

This paper reviews the application of ionic liquids to the deconstruction and fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass, in a process step that is commonly called pretreatment. It is divided into four parts: the first gives background information on lignocellulosic biomass and ionic liquids; the second focuses on the solubility of lignocellulosic biomass (and the individual biopolymers within it) in ionic liquids; the third emphasises the deconstruction effects brought about by the use of ionic liquids as a solvent; the fourth part deals with practical considerations regarding the design of ionic liquid based deconstruction processes.

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The article was received on 28 Aug 2012, accepted on 18 Dec 2012 and first published on 19 Dec 2012


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC36364J
Citation: Green Chem., 2013,15, 550-583
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    Deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass with ionic liquids

    A. Brandt, J. Gräsvik, J. P. Hallett and T. Welton, Green Chem., 2013, 15, 550
    DOI: 10.1039/C2GC36364J

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