Title: Reductive Splitting of Cellulose in the Ionic Liquid 1-Butyl-3-Methylimidazolium Chloride
Authors: Ignatyev, Igor
Van Doorslaer, Charlie
Mertens, Pascal
Binnemans, Koen
De Vos, Dirk # ×
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
Series Title: ChemSusChem: Chemistry & Sustainability, Energy & Materials vol:3 issue:1 pages:91-96
Abstract: The depolymerization of cellulose is carried out in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride in the presence of hydrogen gas. First, the ketal 1,1-diethoxycyclohexane and cellobiose were used as model substrates. For the depolymerization of cellulose itself, the combination of a heterogeneous metal catalyst and a homogeneous ruthenium catalyst proved effective. One of the possible roles of the ruthenium compound is to enhance the transfer of hydrogen to the metallic surface. The cellulose is fully converted under relatively mild conditions, with sorbitol as the dominant product in 51-74% yield.
ISSN: 1864-5631
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
Molecular Design and Synthesis
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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