The effect of pretreatment on methanesulfonic acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of bagasse to levulinic acid, formic acid, and furfural

Rackemann, Darryn W., Bartley, John P., Harrison, Mark D., & Doherty, William O.S. (2016) The effect of pretreatment on methanesulfonic acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of bagasse to levulinic acid, formic acid, and furfural. RSC Advances, 6(78), pp. 74525-74535.

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A major challenge that must be overcome for the commercial production of levulinic acid from lignocellulosics is to reduce equipment blockage and corrosion. Methanesulfonic acid (MSA), a relatively low corrosive acid, was used to produce organic acids and furfural from pretreated sugarcane bagasse. In general, the type of pretreatment did not affect levulinic acid yield, though it affected furfural yield. However, soda pretreated bagasse produced the highest yields of levulinic acid (∼75 mol%) and furfural (∼85 mol%), albeit under optimized conditions. Hydrolysis residue consists primarily of lignin that has been modified and/or condensed to humic substances, fatty acids, and oligomeric sugars. A conceptual biorefinery utilizing 1 ton of dry bagasse, alkaline-pretreatment, and MSA as a catalyst produced 165 kg soda lignin, 190 kg and 89 kg of levulinic acid and formic acid respectively, and 40 kg furfural.

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ID Code: 98778
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: methanesulfonic acid, hydrolysis, levulinic acid, furfural, pretreatment
DOI: 10.1039/c6ra14772k
ISSN: 2046-2069
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030500) > Organic Chemical Synthesis (030503)
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
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2016 23:07
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 18:20

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