Oxygen-alkali treatment of cellobiose
Journal article, 1975

C-(2,3-Dihydroxypropyl)tartronic acid is a major dicarboxylic acid formed during O2-NaOH and O2-NaHCO3 treatment of cellobiose. The observation that this acid is the main reaction product after alkali treatment of ascorbic acid in O2-free medium supports the conclusion that it is formed via an aglycon moiety related to ascorbic acid. Other dicarboxylic acids from cellobiose are oxalic, tartronic, deoxytetraric, C-(hydroxymethyl)tartronic, and succinic acids. The temperature, pH and additions of iron and cobalt salts strongly influence the product composition. The formation of aldobionic acids from cellobiose parallels the formation of aldonic acid end groups during oxygen bleaching of cellulose.



mass spectrometry


ascorbic acid


Lars Löwendahl

Department of Engineering Chemistry

Göran Petersson

Department of Engineering Chemistry

Olof Samuelson

Department of Engineering Chemistry

Acta Chem. Scand. B

Vol. 29 9 975-980

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