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Official Journal of the Japan Wood Research Society

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  • Original Article
  • Open Access

Reaction behavior of wood in an ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride

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Journal of Wood ScienceOfficial Journal of the Japan Wood Research Society200955:1020

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10086-009-1020-x

  • Received: 15 October 2008
  • Accepted: 5 January 2009
  • Published:

Abstract

Reaction of Japanese beech (Fagus crenata) in an ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C2mim][Cl]), which can dissolve cellulose, was investigated. Although both lignin and polysaccharides such as cellulose and hemicelluloses can be liquefied at a treatment temperature of around 100°C, the liquefaction of polysaccharides mainly occurs at the beginning of the treatment with [C2mim][Cl]. Cellulose crystallinity in the wood was gradually broken down as the treatment continued. The solubilized polymers were depolymerized to low molecular weight compounds. The results indicate that [C2mim][Cl] is an effective solvent and reagent for the liquefaction of wood components and subsequent depolymerization of them.

Key words

  • Wood
  • Ionic liquid
  • 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride
  • Reaction behavior
  • Depolymerization

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