Effect of pretreatment on the formation of 5-chloromethyl furfural derived from sugarcane bagasse

Howard, Joshua, Rackemann, Darryn W., Zhang, Zhanying, Moghaddam, Lalehvash, Bartley, John, & Doherty, William O.S. (2016) Effect of pretreatment on the formation of 5-chloromethyl furfural derived from sugarcane bagasse. RSC Advances, 6, pp. 5240-5248.

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Chloromethylfurfural (CMF), a valuable intermediate for the production of chemicals and fuel, can be derived in high yields from the cellulose component of biomass. This study examined the effect of sugar cane bagasse components and biomass architecture on CMF/bio-oil yield using a HCl/dichloroethane biphasic system. The type of pretreatment affected bio-oil yield, as the CMF yield increased with increasing glucan content. CMF yield reached 81.9% with bagasse pretreated by acidified aqueous ionic liquid, which had a glucan content of 81.6%. The lignin content of the biomass was found to significantly reduce CMF yield, which was only 62.3% with acid-catalysed steam exploded sample having a lignin content of 29.6%. The change of CMF yield may be associated with fibre surface changes as a result of pretreatment. The hemicellulose content also impacted negatively on CMF yield. Storage of the bio-oil in chlorinated solvents prevented CMF degradation.

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ID Code: 94749
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA20203E
ISSN: 2046-2069
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2016 02:13
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 22:44

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