Analysis of by-product formation and sugar monomerization in sugarcane bagasse pretreated at pilot plant scale: Differences between autohydrolysis, alkaline and acid pretreatment

E.C. van der Pol, R. Bakker, A.N.T. van Zeeland, D. Sanchez Garcia, A.M. Punt, G. Eggink

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Abstract

Sugarcane bagasse is an interesting feedstock for the biobased economy since a large fraction is polymerized sugars. Autohydrolysis, alkaline and acid pretreatment conditions combined with enzyme hydrolysis were used on lignocellulose rich bagasse to acquire monomeric. By-products found after pretreatment included acetic, glycolic and coumaric acid in concentrations up to 40, 21 and 2.5 g/kg dry weight bagasse respectively. Alkaline pretreated material contained up to 45 g/kg bagasse DW of sodium. Acid and autohydrolysis pretreatment results in a furan formation of 14 g/kg and 25 g/kg DW bagasse respectively. Enzyme monomerization efficiencies of pretreated solid material after 72 h were 81% for acid pretreatment, 77% for autohydrolysis and 57% for alkaline pretreatment. Solid material was washed with superheated water to decrease the amount of by-products. Washing decreased organic acid, phenol and furan concentrations in solid material by at least 60%, without a major sugar loss.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-123
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume181
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • saccharomyces-cerevisiae
  • degradation-products
  • wet oxidation
  • hydrolysis
  • ethanol
  • fermentations
  • cellulose
  • glucose
  • biomass

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