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The undesirable acetylation of cellulose by the acetate ion of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate

Karatzos, Sergios, Edye, Leslie A., & Wellard, R. Mark (2012) The undesirable acetylation of cellulose by the acetate ion of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Cellulose, 19(1), pp. 307-312.

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Abstract

The ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim]OAc) is considered to be an inert solvent of cellulose and lignocellulosic biomass. Acetylation (1.7 % mol, or DS 0.017) of cellulose after dissolution in [C2mim]OAc (150 °C for 20 min), is demonstrated by compositional analysis, FTIR analysis and 13C NMR spectroscopy (in [C2min]OAc with 13C enriched acetate). This acetylation, in the absence of added acylating agents, has not been reported before and may limit [C2mim]OAc utility in industrial scale biomass processing, even at this low extent. For example, cellulose acetylation may contribute to IL loss in processes where the IL is recovered and reused and inhibit enzyme saccharification of cellulose in lignocellulosic biofuel production processes based on saccharification and fermentation.

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ID Code: 48619
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: acetylation, cellulose, ionic liquids, NMR
DOI: 10.1007/s10570-011-9621-0
ISSN: 0969-0239
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > MACROMOLECULAR AND MATERIALS CHEMISTRY (030300) > Chemical Characterisation of Materials (030301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030500) > Natural Products Chemistry (030502)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer Netherlands
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2012 10:44
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2013 02:35

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