Acid-catalysed hydrolysis with mineral acids It has been known for about 200 years that cellulose can be converted into its monomeric units, glucose moieties, by acid hydrolysis.1,2 Hence, acid hydrolysis has a long history and, typically, wood-derived cellulose was first treated with strong sulphuric acid (H2SO4) at low temperatures (4–20 °C) followed by heating with
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