From: ScienceDaily
Published May 20, 2009 10:06 AM

Making Bio Fuels, Textiles and Paper With Eco-friendly Wood Dissolution Process

Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered a new eco-friendly way of dissolving wood using ionic liquids that may help its transformation into popular products such as bio fuels, textiles, clothes and paper.

Dr Héctor RodrĂ­guez and Professor Robin Rogers from Queen's School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering worked along with The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, to come up with a more cost and energy efficient way of processing wood.

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Their solution, which is reported in the journal Green Chemistry, may see a new sustainable future for industry based on bio-renewable resources.

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