Organosolv pretreatment of Sitka spruce wood: conversion of hemicelluloses to ethyl glycosides

Bouxin, F. P., Jackson, S. D. and Jarvis, M. C. (2014) Organosolv pretreatment of Sitka spruce wood: conversion of hemicelluloses to ethyl glycosides. Bioresource Technology, 151, pp. 441-444. (doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.10.105) (PMID:24269088)

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A range of organosolv pretreatments, using ethanol:water mixtures with dilute sulphuric acid, were applied to Sitka spruce sawdust with the aim of generating useful co-products as well as improving saccharification yield. The most efficient of the pretreatment conditions, resulting in subsequent saccharification yields of up to 86%, converted a large part of the hemicellulose sugars to their ethyl glycosides as identified by GC/MS. These conditions also reduced conversion of pentoses to furfural, the ethyl glycosides being more stable to dehydration than the parent pentoses. Through comparison with the behaviour of model compounds under the same reaction conditions it was shown that the anomeric composition of the products was consistent with a predominant transglycosylation reaction mechanism, rather than hydrolysis followed by glycosylation. The ethyl glycosides have potential as intermediates in the sustainable production of high-value chemicals.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bouxin, Dr Florent and Jarvis, Dr Michael and Jackson, Professor David
Authors: Bouxin, F. P., Jackson, S. D., and Jarvis, M. C.
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Bioresource Technology
ISSN (Online):1873-2976
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Bioresource Technology 151:441-444
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
534161Fine chemicals from lignocellulosic fermentation residues using heterogeneous catalysisMichael JarvisBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/I005528/1CHEM - CHEMISTRY