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Chemically-Modified Cellulose Paper as a Microstructured Catalytic Reactor

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The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047, Japan
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Department of Agro-environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-10-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan
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Department of Biomaterials Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, 1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan
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Academic Editor: Jun Araki
Molecules 2015, 20(1), 1495-1508; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules20011495
Received: 28 November 2014 / Accepted: 12 January 2015 / Published: 15 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Trends in Cellulose and Chitin Chemistry)
We discuss the successful use of chemically-modified cellulose paper as a microstructured catalytic reactor for the production of useful chemicals. The chemical modification of cellulose paper was achieved using a silane-coupling technique. Amine-modified paper was directly used as a base catalyst for the Knoevenagel condensation reaction. Methacrylate-modified paper was used for the immobilization of lipase and then in nonaqueous transesterification processes. These catalytic paper materials offer high reaction efficiencies and have excellent practical properties. We suggest that the paper-specific interconnected microstructure with pulp fiber networks provides fast mixing of the reactants and efficient transport of the reactants to the catalytically-active sites. This concept is expected to be a promising route to green and sustainable chemistry. View Full-Text
Keywords: cellulose paper; microreactor; catalyst; silane coupling cellulose paper; microreactor; catalyst; silane coupling
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Koga, H.; Kitaoka, T.; Isogai, A. Chemically-Modified Cellulose Paper as a Microstructured Catalytic Reactor. Molecules 2015, 20, 1495-1508.

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