Fermentable sugars by chemical hydrolysis of biomass.

@article{Binder2010FermentableSB,
  title={Fermentable sugars by chemical hydrolysis of biomass.},
  author={Joseph Binder and Ronald T. Raines},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={107 10},
  pages={4516-21}
}
Abundant plant biomass has the potential to become a sustainable source of fuels and chemicals. Realizing this potential requires the economical conversion of recalcitrant lignocellulose into useful intermediates, such as sugars. We report a high-yielding chemical process for the hydrolysis of biomass into monosaccharides. Adding water gradually to a chloride ionic liquid-containing catalytic acid leads to a nearly 90% yield of glucose from cellulose and 70-80% yield of sugars from untreated… CONTINUE READING

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