Design of Wall-Destructive but Membrane-Compatible Solvents.


We report an extremely biocompatible solvent for plant cell walls based on a polar liquid zwitterion that dissolves cellulose, the most recalcitrant component of the plant cell walls. The polar liquid zwitterion does not affect the viability and activity of Escherichia coli, even at high concentrations. We demonstrate conversion of cell walls to ethanol via a starch-like process, namely successive dissolution, hydrolysis and fermentation in the same reaction pot.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b08914

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@article{Kuroda2017DesignOW, title={Design of Wall-Destructive but Membrane-Compatible Solvents.}, author={Kosuke Kuroda and Heri Satria and Kyohei Miyamura and Yota Tsuge and Kazuaki Ninomiya and Kenji Takahashi}, journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society}, year={2017}, volume={139 45}, pages={16052-16055} }