Investigations of ionic-liquid-mediated hydrolysis of cellulosic compounds with and without cellulase enzymes
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Improved processing of biomass as a feedstock for plastics, liquid fuels, and other value-added products is an essential step towards an environmentally sustainable energy economy. The deconstruction of biomass is regarded as one of the main hurtles to the economic viability of biomass processing facilities. Ionic Liquids (ILs) are a promising class of solvents for the degradation of cellulosic biomass due to their ability to dissolve/solvate the cellulose substrate and improve access for enzymes and other catalysts. One favorable trait of ILs is that they have negligible vapor pressure and are ...