Ionic liquids for the dissolution and regeneration of cellulose

Richard Swatloski, John Holbrey, S.K. Spear, Robin Rogers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


There is an increasing willingness to develop new cellulose-based materials, particularly from homogeneous solution, due to the fact that cellulose is the earth’s most abundant biorenewable resource. The
opportunity to use ionic liquids as solvents for clean extraction and
processing of cellulose has been investigated. Cellulose can be dissolved
in a number of ionic liquids 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 environmental and cost advantages over current processing
methodologies which make use of volatile or hazardous solvents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolten Salts XIII, Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Symposium on Molten Salts
EditorsPaul Truelove, Hugh De Long, Robert Mantz, Gery Stafford, Mariko Matsunaga
PublisherElectrochemical Society
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - May 2002
Event13th International Symposium on Molten Salts - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 01 May 200201 May 2002

Publication series

NameMolten Salts
PublisherElectrochemical Society


Conference13th International Symposium on Molten Salts
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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