Kinetic study on the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulose to levulinic acid

  title={Kinetic study on the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulose to levulinic acid},
  author={Buana Girisuta and Leon P.B.M. Janssen and Hero Jan Heeres},
  journal={Industrial \& Engineering Chemistry Research},
A variety of interesting bulk chemicals is accessible by the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulose. An interesting example is levulinic acid, a versatile precursor for fuel additives, polymers, and resins. A detailed kinetic study on the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulose to levulinic acid is reported in this paper. The kinetic experiments were performed in a temperature window of 150−200 °C, sulfuric acid concentrations between 0.05 and 1 M, and initial cellulose intakes between 1.7 and… 

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