Lignocellulose Fractionation and Lignin Depolymerization Using Glycerol and Acidic Ionic Liquids: Identification of the Main Products by GC-MS

Tulong Ouyang, Lili Wang, Fangchao Cheng, Yingcheng Hu, Xin Zhao


Difficulties in fractionation and subsequent conversion of lignocellulosic biomass have restricted the development of sustainable biorefineries of lignocellulosic materials. Herein, an aqueous glycerol/acidic ionic liquid (AGAIL) process of coir was carried out under atmospheric and autogenerated pressure to investigate the lignocellulose fractionation and understand the main conversion products generated during the process. Additionally, the depolymerization capacity of the AGAIL system on lignin was also estimated by analyzing the main degradation products. The results indicated that the process under autogenerated pressure presented much higher delignification efficiency and more effective lignocellulose conversion capability than those under atmospheric pressure. Ribitol and monomeric aromatic compounds were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) as the main conversion products of carbohydrates and lignin, respectively. The glycerol/AIL system was shown to be able to depolymerize coir lignin with a resulting lignin depolymerization extent of 28.1%. The main lignin depolymerization products were monomeric aromatic compounds.


Lignocellulose; Fractionation; Lignin; Depolymerization; Conversion products

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