Title

Effect of NaCl on the conversion of cellulose to glucose and levulinic acid via solid supported acid catalysis

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

11-2-2011

Abstract

Cellulose is hydrolyzed to glucose, which is further converted to levulinic acid in the presence of Nafion, as a surface supported acid catalyst. The addition of simple alkali metal halide salts, including NaCl, provides significant enhancement to the yield. The catalyst can be recycled suggesting possible extension into a continuous flow reactor for the synthesis of the biofuel precursors. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Tetrahedron Letters

Volume

52

Issue

44

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