The chemistry of acid catalyzed delignification of sugarcane bagasse in the ionic liquid trihexyl tetradecyl phosphonium chloride

Keskar, S. S., Edye, L. A., Doherty, W. O. S., & Bartley, J. P. (2012) The chemistry of acid catalyzed delignification of sugarcane bagasse in the ionic liquid trihexyl tetradecyl phosphonium chloride. Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology, 32(1), pp. 71-81.

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This article reports on the cleavage of lignin ß-aryl ether bonds in sugarcane bagasse by the ionic liquid (IL) trihexyl tetradecyl phosphonium chloride [P66614] Cl, in the presence of catalytic amounts of mineral acid fca. 0.4%). The deligniflcation process of bagasse was studied over a range of temperatures (120°C to 150°C) by monitoring the production of ß-ketones (indicative of cleavage of ß-aryl ethers) using FTIR spectroscopy and by compositional analysis of the undissolved fractions. Maximum deligniflcation was obtained at 150°C, with 52% of lignin removed from the original lignin content of bagasse. No deligniflcation was observed in the absence of acid, which suggests that the reaction is acid catalyzed with the IL solubilizing the lignin fragments. The rate of deligniflcation was significantly higher at 150°C, suggesting that crossing the glass transition temperature of lignin effects greater freedom of rotation about the propanoid carbon-carbon bonds and leads to increased cleavage of ß-aryl ethers. An attempt has been made to propose a probable mechanism of deligniflcation of bagasse with the phosphonuim IL. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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ID Code: 51505
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bagasse, Deligniflcation, FTIR, Ionic liquids (ils), Tetraalkyl phosphonium salts
DOI: 10.1080/02773813.2011.573120
ISSN: 0277-3813
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2012 06:16
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2012 06:16

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