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Ionic liquids foster conversion of cellulose to valuable chemicals [Registered]

Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden discovered how enzymes can perform their catalytical processes in a switchable ionic liquid, paving way for converting cellulose to valuable molecules and industrial products. Findings published in the journal ChemSusChem. Ionic liquids are salts in fluid form at room temperature – compared with regular cooking salt, sodium chloride, which melts at 800°C. This characteristic means that ionic liquids properties make them useful solvents. Researchers discovered that hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin can be selectively separated and dissolved using a new type of so-called switchable ionic liquid. Further, enzymes can function in this particular ionic liquid.…

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