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A comparative investigation of fast pyrolysis with enzymatic hydrolysis for fermentable sugars production from cellulose
- Jiang, Li-qun, Zheng, An-qing, Meng, Jun-guang, Wang, Xiao-bo, Zhao, Zeng-li, Li, Hai-bin
- Bioresource technology 2019 v.274 pp. 281-286
- cellulose, enzymatic hydrolysis, ionic liquids, milling, pyrolysis, sugars, temperature
- In this study, ball milling and ionic liquid pretreatments were utilized to alter cellulose structure prior to fast pyrolysis and enzymatic hydrolysis. The variations in the products distribution of cellulose fast pyrolysis, and their dependence on the structure of cellulose, and the temperature of fast pyrolysis were illustrated. Fast pyrolysis of pretreated cellulose yielded more levoglucosan than crystalline cellulose (14.7%) at 300 °C. Nevertheless, the levoglucosan achieved higher yield (64.3%) from crystalline cellulose at 400 °C. At last, a comparison between fast pyrolysis and enzymatic hydrolysis for cellulose saccharifaction was made. Fast pyrolysis was a promising alternative to liberate levoglucosan from cellulose. Further investigation and development were required to maximize the levoglucosan production.