Provided are methods for the solubilization of cellulose into soluble sugars without the need for high temperatures, high pressures, strong acid solutions, and/or added water. The produced sugars can be fermented into ethanol. In one embodiment, the method comprises contacting a cellulose-containing material with a solid acid material and agitating the cellulose-containing material and the solid acid material for a time sufficient to produce an aqueous solution comprising a quantity of soluble sugars.
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Blair, Richard; Hick, Sandra; and Truitt, Joshua, "Solid acid catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulosic materials" (2011). UCF Patents. 529.