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It is well known that the highest yield possible for a single chemical from pyrolysis of cellulosic biomass is levoglucosan. With the increasing interest in a sustainable development, it is therefore natural to seek its possible applications as a chemical or fuel feedstock. This paper presents some salient facts concerning levoglucosan and its present and potential status as an industrial material or material of commerce:
- Several processes have been patented for the pyrolytic generation, recovery and purification of levoglucosan from cellulose and other lignocellulosic materials.
- By suitable pretreatment of lignocellulosic feedstocks the yields of levoglucosan as well as several other anhydrosugars can be enhanced.
- The anhydrosugars are convertible to free sugars by hydrolysis producing fermentable solutions.
- Levoglucosan has a number of chemical attributes that may make it desirable as a chemical feedstock.
- Levoglucosan as well as certain of its derivatives can be polymerised to give a variety of polymers of potential interest in various kinds of applications.

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Authors: RADLEIN D, RTI - Resource Transforms International Ltd, Waterloo, Ontario (CA)
Bibliographic Reference: A chapter in "Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass: a handbook, Volume 2", CPL Press, 2002, pp.205-241. 95 pounds sterling
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ISBN: ISBN: 1-872691-47-1
Record Number: 200215484 / Last updated on: 2002-11-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en