Simulated moving bed chromatography: separation and recovery of sugars and ionic liquid from biomass hydrolysates

ChemSusChem. 2013 Nov;6(11):2083-9. doi: 10.1002/cssc.201300267. Epub 2013 Aug 12.


Separation from bed, not board: Simulated moving bed chromatography, a continuous separation method, enables the nearly quantitative recovery of sugar products and ionic liquid solvent from chemical hydrolysates of biomass. The ensuing sugars support microbial growth, and the residual lignin from the process is intact.

Keywords: corn stover; ionic liquids; lignin; liquid chromatography; oligosaccharides.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biomass*
  • Carbohydrates / chemistry
  • Carbohydrates / isolation & purification*
  • Chromatography*
  • Hydrolysis
  • Ionic Liquids / chemistry
  • Ionic Liquids / isolation & purification*


  • Carbohydrates
  • Ionic Liquids