Ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents for lignocellulosic biomass fractionation

Dannie J.G.P. van Osch, Laura J.B.M. Kollau, Adriaan van den Bruinhorst, Sari Asikainen, Marisa A.A. Rocha, Maaike C. Kroon

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Lignocellulosic biomass has gained extensive research interest due to its potential as a renewable resource, which has the ability to overtake oil-based resources. However, this is only possible if the fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass into its constituents, cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose, can be conducted more efficiently than it is possible with the current processes. This article summarizes the currently most commonly used processes and reviews the fractionation with innovative solvents, such as ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents. In addition, future challenges for the use of these innovative solvents will be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2636-2665
Number of pages30
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • biomass
  • ionic liquid
  • deep eutectic solven

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