Mathematical modelling of the dilute acid pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse

Greenwood, Ava A. (2016) Mathematical modelling of the dilute acid pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


Dilute acid pretreatment is a process that is used to enhance ethanol yields in biofuel manufacturing by removing hemicelluloses from plant biomass. This thesis presents a new mathematical model of dilute acid pretreatment that can be used to predict hemicellulose yield profiles at the laboratory scale and inform further investigations at the industrial reactor scale. This work provides a framework for determining the optimal reaction conditions for acid pretreatment and thus has the potential to reduce the cost of commercial bioethanol production from 2nd generation lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks.

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ID Code: 93372
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Farrell, Troy & O'Hara, Ian
Keywords: Pretreatment, Hemicellulose, Dilute acid hydrolysis, Sugarcane bagasse, Mathematical modelling, Kinetics, Hard-to-hydrolyse, Biphasic, Polymer degradation, Population balances
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2016 05:01
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 05:01

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