Pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse by acidified aqueous polyol solutions

Zhang, Zhanying, O'Hara, Ian M., & Doherty, William O.S. (2013) Pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse by acidified aqueous polyol solutions. Cellulose, 20(6), pp. 3179-3190.

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Pretreatments of sugarcane bagasse by three high boiling-point polyol solutions were compared in acid-catalysed processes. Pretreatments by ethylene glycol (EG) and propylene glycol solutions containing 1.2 % H2SO4 and 10 % water at 130 °C for 30 min removed 89 % lignin from bagasse resulting in a glucan digestibility of 95 % with a cellulase loading of ~20 FPU/g glucan. Pretreatment by glycerol solution under the same conditions removed 57 % lignin with a glucan digestibility of 77 %. Further investigations with EG solutions showed that increases in acid content, pretreatment temperature and time, and decrease in water content improved pretreatment effectiveness. A good linear correlation of glucan digestibility with delignification was observed with R2 = 0.984. Bagasse samples pretreated with EG solutions were characterised by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, which confirmed that improved glucan enzymatic digestibility is mainly due to delignification and defibrillation of bagasse. Pretreatment by acidified EG solutions likely led to the formation of EG-glycosides. Up to 36 % of the total lignin was recovered from pretreatment hydrolysate, which may improve the pretreatment efficiency of recycled EG solution.

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ID Code: 66815
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Pretreatment, Sugarcane bagasse, Ethylene glycol, Delignification, Enzymatic hydrolysis
DOI: 10.1007/s10570-013-0068-3
ISSN: 1572-882X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > MACROMOLECULAR AND MATERIALS CHEMISTRY (030300) > Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry not elsewhere classified (030399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Catalytic Process Engineering (090402)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
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Deposited On: 03 Feb 2014 00:29
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015 05:04

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