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ATR-FTIR measurement of biomass components in phosphonium ionic liquids

Keskar, Sai S., Edye, Leslie A., Fellows, Christopher M., & Doherty, William O.S. (2012) ATR-FTIR measurement of biomass components in phosphonium ionic liquids. Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology, 32(3), pp. 175-186.

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Abstract

Qualitative and quantitative measurements of biomass components dissolved in the phosphonium ionic liquids (ILs), trihexyltetradecylphosphonium chloride ([P66614]Cl) and tributylmethylphosphonium methylsulphate ([P4441]MeSO 4), are obtained using attenuated total reflectance-FTIR. Absorption bands related to cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin dissolution monitored in situ in biomass-IL mixtures indicate lignin dissolution in both ILs and some holocellulose dissolution in the hydrophilic [P4441]MeSO 4. The kinetics of lignin dissolution reported here indicate that while dissolution in the hydrophobic IL [P66614]Cl appears to follow an accepted mechanism of acid catalyzed -aryl ether cleavage, dissolution in the hydrophilic IL [P4441]MeSO 4 does not appear to follow this mechanism and may not be followed by condensation reactions (initiated by reactive ketones). The measurement of lignin dissolution in phosphonium ILs based on absorbance at 1510 cm 1 has demonstrated utility. When coupled with the gravimetric Klason lignin method, ATR-FTIR study of reaction mixtures can lead to a better understanding of the delignification process. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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ID Code: 50920
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: ATR-FTIR, bagasse, Ionic Liquids (ILs), tetraalkyl phosphonium salts
DOI: 10.1080/02773813.2011.631718
ISSN: 0277-3813
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2012 08:23
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 00:51

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