Biopolymer Processing Using Ionic Liquids
Technical Report,01 May 2011,01 May 2014
University of South Alabama Mobile United States
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The proposed research will investigate the utilization of ionic liquids ILs as solvents and catalysts for the dissolution and degradation of chitin and chitosan. This project will1 synthesis various IL catalysts to study their effects on depolymerization of chitin and chitosan, 2 synthesis a variety of ILs to investigate the effects of dissolution solvents on the rate of reaction and degradation products of the conversion of chitin and chitosan, and 3 investigate the effects of various reaction conditions, such as reaction temperature, and catalyst loading, on the reaction rate and degradation products from the depolymerization of chitin and chitosan.