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High efficiency of superacid HF–SbF5 for the selective decrystallization–depolymerization of cellulose to glucose

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Herein, we show that after polyprotonation, superacid HF–SbF5 is able to selectively depolymerise cellulose to water-soluble carbohydrates with 68 wt% yield of glucose. This process is efficient at low temperature, thus avoiding the formation of side products as commonly observed with conventional acids.

Graphical abstract: High efficiency of superacid HF–SbF5 for the selective decrystallization–depolymerization of cellulose to glucose

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The article was received on 20 Dec 2011, accepted on 03 Feb 2012 and first published on 06 Feb 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2OB07143F
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012,10, 2521-2524

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    High efficiency of superacid HF–SbF5 for the selective decrystallization–depolymerization of cellulose to glucose

    A. Martin-Mingot, K. De Oliveira Vigier, F. Jérôme and S. Thibaudeau, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 2521
    DOI: 10.1039/C2OB07143F

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