Oleic acid-enhanced dissolution of cellulose in high-temperature water

Kimitaka Minami, Shiori Goto, Mehrnoosh Atashfaraz, Takanari Togashi, Toshihiko Arita, Daisuke Hojo, Seiichi Takami, Tadafumi Adschiri

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This paper reports, for the first time, the enhanced dissolution of cellulose in subcritical water by addition of a fatty acid. Simply adding oleic acid dramatically promoted the dissolution of cellulose. High-pressure in-situ observation showed that cellulose dissolved in high-temperature water at approximately 500 K, which is 70 K lower than without oleic acid. The yield of oligo and monosaccharides with oleic acid at 473 K was seven times higher than without oleic acid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-419
Number of pages5
JournalResearch on Chemical Intermediates
Issue number2-5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr


  • Biomass
  • Co-solvent
  • Fatty acid
  • Supercritical water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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