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WATER SOLUBILIZATION OF CELLULOSICS AND RELATED COMPOUNDS

United States Patent Application

20090110772
A1
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The present invention is directed toward a method of solubilizing melaninic, ligninic, chitinic, and/or cellulosic material. The method includes providing melaninic, ligninic, chitinic, and/or cellulosic material and providing an oxoacid ester of phosphorus or a mixture of an oxoacid of phosphorus and an alcohol. A blend of the melaninic, ligninic, chitinic, and/or cellulosic material, the oxoacid ester of phosphorus or the mixture of the oxoacid of phosphorus and alcohol is formed. The blend is then treated under conditions effective to solubilize the melaninic, ligninic, chitinic, and/or cellulosic material.
VERKADE, John G. (Ames, IA), OSHEL, Reed E. (Overland Park, KS)
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. (Ames IA)
11/ 923,435
October 24, 2007
[0001] The subject matter of this application was made with support from the United States Government under Department of Energy, Grant No. W-7405-ENG-82. The U.S. Government has certain rights.