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Efficient degradation of lignin in raw wood via pretreatment with heteropoly acids in γ-valerolactone/water
- Zhang, Libo, Zheng, Wenxiu, Wang, Ziming, Ma, Yubo, Jiang, Ling, Wang, Tianfu
- Bioresource technology 2018 v.261 pp. 70-75
- Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, biomass, biorefining, catalysts, cellulose, enzymatic hydrolysis, feedstocks, lignin, scanning electron microscopy, solvents, sugars, sulfuric acid, temperature, wood
- The aim of this work was to study the degradation of lignin in raw wood via pretreatment with heteropoly acids as substitutes for traditional H2SO4 in γ-valerolactone/water. By optimizing catalyst concentration, reaction time and temperature, the optimal lignin degradation conditions are obtained (130 °C, 3 h and 20 mM silicotungstic acid). SEM and FTIR measurements demonstrated the efficient lignin degradation ability of HPAs in the GVL/H2O solvent, with negligible damage to cellulose within the raw wood. Furthermore, an elaborated enzymatic hydrolysis study of the thus obtained cellulosic feedstock revealed its suitability for enzymatic digestion, with great potential as starting material for the production of fermentable sugar from biomass in future biorefinery applications.