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Molecules 2017, 22(3), 490; doi:10.3390/molecules22030490

Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass with Ionic Liquids and Ionic Liquid-Based Solvent Systems

College of Environmental Science & Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
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Received: 10 January 2017 / Revised: 15 March 2017 / Accepted: 16 March 2017 / Published: 20 March 2017
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Pretreatment is very important for the efficient production of value-added products from lignocellulosic biomass. However, traditional pretreatment methods have several disadvantages, including low efficiency and high pollution. This article gives an overview on the applications of ionic liquids (ILs) and IL-based solvent systems in the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass. It is divided into three parts: the first deals with the dissolution of biomass in ILs and IL-based solvent systems; the second focuses on the fractionation of biomass using ILs and IL-based solvent systems as solvents; the third emphasizes the enzymatic saccharification of biomass after pretreatment with ILs and IL-based solvent systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: ionic liquids; biomass; dissolution; pretreatment; fractionation; enzymatic saccharification ionic liquids; biomass; dissolution; pretreatment; fractionation; enzymatic saccharification
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Hou, Q.; Ju, M.; Li, W.; Liu, L.; Chen, Y.; Yang, Q. Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass with Ionic Liquids and Ionic Liquid-Based Solvent Systems. Molecules 2017, 22, 490.

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