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Combination of ball-milling and non-thermal atmospheric plasma as physical treatments for the saccharification of microcrystalline cellulose

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Abstract

Here we report that non-thermal atmospheric plasma (NTAP) can be used as a physical treatment for the extensive depolymerization of amorphous cellulose to low molecular weight cello-oligomers (DP = 36). Such NTAP treatment does not require addition of any solvent and catalyst, thus facilitating the recovery of cello-oligomers. Additionally, the NTAP treatment was found to be highly selective since degradation/oxidation of glucose units occurs to a rather small extent (purity of cello-oligomers >90%). These low molecular weight cello-oligomers recovered after NTAP treatment were then more prone to hydrolysis than native cellulose and were easily hydrolyzed to glucose over a cation exchange resin with an unprecedented yield of 58%.

Graphical abstract: Combination of ball-milling and non-thermal atmospheric plasma as physical treatments for the saccharification of microcrystalline cellulose

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The article was received on 09 May 2012, accepted on 08 Jun 2012 and first published on 13 Jun 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC35710K
Green Chem., 2012,14, 2212-2215

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    Combination of ball-milling and non-thermal atmospheric plasma as physical treatments for the saccharification of microcrystalline cellulose

    M. Benoit, A. Rodrigues, K. De Oliveira Vigier, E. Fourré, J. Barrault, J. Tatibouët and F. Jérôme, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 2212
    DOI: 10.1039/C2GC35710K

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