Jump to main content
Jump to site search
Access to RSC content Close the message box

Continue to access RSC content when you are not at your institution. Follow our step-by-step guide.


Issue 4, 2013
Previous Article Next Article

Direct conversion of cellulose to levulinic acid and gamma-valerolactone using solid acid catalysts

Author affiliations

Abstract

Cellulose was converted with high yield (69%) to levulinic acid (LA) using Amberlyst 70 as the catalyst and using a solution of 90 wt% gamma-valerolactone (GVL) and 10 wt% water as the solvent, compared to the low yield of 20% obtained in water. The LA was upgraded to GVL without any neutralization or purification steps due to the solubilization of humins by the GVL solvent. High LA yields (54%) were also obtained from real biomass (corn stover).

Graphical abstract: Direct conversion of cellulose to levulinic acid and gamma-valerolactone using solid acid catalysts

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Article information


Submitted
05 Oct 2012
Accepted
30 Nov 2012
First published
30 Nov 2012

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013,3, 927-931
Article type
Communication

Direct conversion of cellulose to levulinic acid and gamma-valerolactone using solid acid catalysts

D. M. Alonso, J. M. R. Gallo, M. A. Mellmer, S. G. Wettstein and J. A. Dumesic, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013, 3, 927
DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20689G

Social activity

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements