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A biorefinery approach based on fractionation with a cheap industrial by-product for getting value from an invasive woody species
- Domínguez, Elena, Romaní, Aloia, Alonso, José Luis, Parajó, Juan Carlos, Yáñez, Remedios
- Bioresource technology 2014 v.173 pp. 301-308
- Acacia dealbata, biorefining, cellulose, delignification, enzymatic hydrolysis, fractionation, glucose, glycerol, industrial byproducts, invasive species, saccharification, washing, wood, woody plants
- Acacia dealbata wood (an invasive species) was subjected to fractionation with glycerol (a cheap industrial by-product), and the resulting solid phase was used as a substrate for enzymatic hydrolysis. Glycerol fractionation allowed an extensive delignification while preserving cellulose in solid phase. The solids from the fractionation stage showed high susceptibility to enzymatic hydrolysis. Solids obtained under selected fractionation conditions (glycerol content of media, 80 wt%; duration, 1h; liquid to solid ratio, 6g/g; alkaline and neutral washing stages) were subjected to enzymatic saccharification to achieve glucose concentrations up to 85.40g/L, with almost complete cellulose conversion into glucose. The results confirmed the potential of glycerol as a fractionation agent for biorefineries.