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Integrated conversion of hemicellulose and cellulose from lignocellulosic biomass

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Abstract

Using gamma-valerolactone (GVL) as solvent, the cellulosic fraction of lignocellulosic biomass can be converted into levulinic acid (LA), while at the same conditions the hemicellulose fraction can be converted into furfural. This process allows for the conversion of hemicellulose and cellulose simultaneously in a single reactor, thus eliminating pre-treatment steps to fractionate biomass and simplifying product separation.

Graphical abstract: Integrated conversion of hemicellulose and cellulose from lignocellulosic biomass

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Submitted
26 Sep 2012
Accepted
01 Nov 2012
First published
01 Nov 2012

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013,6, 76-80
Article type
Communication

Integrated conversion of hemicellulose and cellulose from lignocellulosic biomass

D. M. Alonso, S. G. Wettstein, M. A. Mellmer, E. I. Gurbuz and J. A. Dumesic, Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6, 76
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23617F

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