Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 15, 2007
Publication Date: March 15, 2007
Citation: Biswas, A., Shogren, R.L., Selling, G.W., Willett, J.L., Buchanan, C. 2007. A SOLVENT-FREE PROCESS TO ESTERIFY POLYSACCHARIDES. Meeting Abstract. xx. Technical Abstract: A novel process for the preparation of acetates of polysaccharides will be discussed. The process involves the acetylation of polysaccharides with acetic anhydride in the presence of iodine as a catalyst. No solvent is required to bring about the acetylation. The method is simple, rapid, and characterized by a high conversion ratio. Conversion of cellulose and starch into their corresponding acetate derivatives has been demonstrated.