Ionic liquids as green solvents for regeneration/engineering of cellulose based products

Richard P. Swatloski*, John D. Holbrey, Scott K. Spear, Robin D. Rogers

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Abstract

Cellulose and cellulose derivatives, obtained from trees and cotton plants, can be used as a biorenewable source of chemicals, e.g., to prepare polymers for applications in paints, plastics, and for the formulation of other materials, .g., fiber, paper, and membranes. The opportunity to use ionic liquids (IL) as solvents for clean extraction and processing of cellulose was studied. Cellulose can be dissolved in a number of IL and easily regenerated by contacting with water. This allows a simple, benign system for the processing of cellulose into fibers, monoliths and films by forming into an aqueous phase. This has potential benefits over current processing methodologies, which make use of non-green solvents. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 6th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference (Washington, D.C. 6/24-27/2003).

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2003
EventAmerican Chemical Society 6th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference Proceedings: Meeting Global Challenges Through Economic and Environmental Innovations - Wahisngton, DC, United States
Duration: 24 Jun 200227 Jun 2002

Conference

ConferenceAmerican Chemical Society 6th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference Proceedings: Meeting Global Challenges Through Economic and Environmental Innovations
CountryUnited States
CityWahisngton, DC
Period24/06/200227/06/2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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