Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Ionic Liquids

  • Zhen Fang
  • Richard L. Smith, Jr.
  • Xinhua Qi

Part of the Biofuels and Biorefineries book series (BIOBIO, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Synthesis and Fundamentals of Ionic Liquids for Biomass Conversion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Junli Xu, Qing Zhou, Xinxin Wang, Xingmei Lu, Suojiang Zhang
      Pages 3-28
    3. Karine De Oliveira Vigier, François Jérôme
      Pages 61-87
  3. Dissolution and Derivation of Cellulose and Fractionation of Lignocellulosic Materials with Ionic Liquids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Timo Leskinen, Alistair W. T. King, Dimitris S. Argyropoulos
      Pages 145-168
  4. Production of Biofuels and Chemicals in Ionic Liquids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Haibo Xie, Zongbao Kent Zhao
      Pages 171-193
    3. Blair J. Cox, John G. Ekerdt
      Pages 195-222
  5. Compatibility of Ionic Liquids with Enzyme in Biomass Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Ngoc Lan Mai, Yoon-Mo Koo
      Pages 257-273
    3. Teresa de Diego, Arturo Manjón, José Luis Iborra
      Pages 275-301
  6. Ionic Liquids for Absorption and Biodegradation of Organic Pollutant in Multiphase Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Solène Guihéneuf, Alfredo Santiago Rodriguez Castillo, Ludovic Paquin, Pierre-François Biard, Annabelle Couvert, Abdeltif Amrane
      Pages 305-337
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 339-340

About this book


The application of ionic liquids to biomass for producing biofuels and chemicals will be one of the hot research areas during the next decade due to the fascinating properties of these versatile group of solvents that allow them to dissolve lignocellulosic materials. The present text provides up-to-date fundamentals, state-of-the-art reviews, current assessments and prospects in this area, including aspects of pretreatment, fermentation, biomass dissolution, cellulose transformation, reaction kinetics and physical properties, as well as the subsequent production of biofuels and platform chemicals such as sugars, aldehydes and acids. Auxiliary methods such as catalysis, microwave and enzymatic techniques used in the transformations are covered. Both researchers and practitioners are certain to find a wealth of information in the individual chapters, which were written by experts in the field to provide an essential basis for assessing possible pretreatment and transformation routes of biomass using ionic liquids, and for developing new methods and chemical processes.

Dr. Zhen Fang is Professor of Bioenergy, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Biomass Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden and is also an Adjunct Professor of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China.

Dr. Richard L Smith, Jr. is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Research Center of Supercritical Fluid Technology, Tohoku University, Japan.

Dr. Xinhua Qi is Professor of Environmental Science at Nankai University, China.



Biofuels Biomass Cellulose Ionic liquids Platform chemicals Pretreatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Zhen Fang
    • 1
  • Richard L. Smith, Jr.
    • 2
  • Xinhua Qi
    • 3
  1. 1.Biomass Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of SciencesKunmingPeople's Republic of China
  2. 2.Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Research Center of Supercritical Fluid Technology, Tohoku UniversityAoba-ku, SendaiJapan
  3. 3.College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai UniversityTianjinPeople's Republic of China

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7710-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7711-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-1537
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-1545
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