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Effects of fibrillation on the wood fibers’ enzymatic hydrolysis enhanced by mechanical refining
- Liu, Wei, Wang, Bing, Hou, Qingxi, Chen, Wei, Wu, Ming
- Bioresource technology 2016 v.206 pp. 99-103
- biomass, bleached kraft pulp, crystal structure, enzymatic hydrolysis, hardwood, lignocellulose, refining, surface area, wood fibers
- The hardwood bleached kraft pulp (HBKP) fibers were pretreated by PFI mill to obtain the substrates, the effects of fibrillation on HBKP fibers’ enzymatic hydrolysis was studied. The results showed that the enzymatic hydrolysis efficiency was enhanced obviously by mechanical refining. The mechanical refining alterated the fibers’ characteristics such as fibrillation degree, specific surface area, swelling ability, crystallinity, fiber length and fines content. All these factors correlating to the enzymatic hydrolysis were evaluated through mathematical analysis. Among these factors, the fibrillation degree has the profoundest impact on the enzymatic hydrolysis of wood fibers. Consequently, the mechanical refining aiming for a high fibrillation degree was feasible to enhance the enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass.