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Ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents for lignocellulosic biomass fractionation

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Abstract

Lignocellulosic biomass has gained extensive research interest due to its potential as a renewable resource, which has the ability to overtake oil-based resources. However, this is only possible if the fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass into its constituents, cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose, can be conducted more efficiently than is possible with the current processes. This article summarizes the currently most commonly used processes and reviews the fractionation with innovative solvents, such as ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents. In addition, future challenges for the use of these innovative solvents will be addressed.

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The article was received on 02 Nov 2016, accepted on 02 Dec 2016 and first published on 02 Dec 2016


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP07499E
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 2636-2665

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    Ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents for lignocellulosic biomass fractionation

    D. J. G. P. van Osch, L. J. B. M. Kollau, A. van den Bruinhorst, S. Asikainen, M. A. A. Rocha and M. C. Kroon, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 2636
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CP07499E

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