THF co-solvent enhances hydrocarbon fuel precursor yields from lignocellulosic biomass

@inproceedings{Cai2013THFCE,
  title={THF co-solvent enhances hydrocarbon fuel precursor yields from lignocellulosic biomass},
  author={Charles M Cai and Taiying Zhang and Rajeev Kumar and Charles E Wyman},
  year={2013}
}
A novel single phase co-solvent system using tetrahydrofuran (THF) promotes hydrolysis of maple wood to sugars, sugar dehydration, and lignin extraction simultaneously and achieves higher overall yields of the fuel precursors furfural, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), and levulinic acid (LA) than previously reported from biomass. In a one-pot reaction, we obtained yields of 86% furfural, 21% HMF, and 40% LA in the liquid phase and over 90% extraction of lignin as a solid powder. The co-solvent… CONTINUE READING

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