Development of a lactic acid production process using lignocellulosic biomass as feedstock

E.C. van der Pol

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


The availability of crude oil is finite. Therefore, an alternative feedstock has to be found for the production of fuels and plastics. Lignocellulose is such an alternative feedstock. It is present in large quantities in agricultural waste material such as sugarcane bagasse.

In this PhD thesis, lignocellulose is chemically and enzymatically pretreated to depolymerise sugars present in this structure. The released sugar monomers are fermented by micro-organisms to lactic acid, which is a precursor for the bioplastic PLA. In this thesis, it is shown that it is possible to produce lactic acid from lignocellulosic biomass with high yields and high productivities.

Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Eggink, Gerrit, Promotor
  • Weusthuis, Ruud, Co-promotor
Award date18 Mar 2016
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789462576735
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2016


  • lignocellulose
  • biomass
  • biobased chemicals
  • sugarcane bagasse
  • lactic acid
  • sugars
  • byproducts
  • inhibitors
  • pretreatment
  • bacillus coagulans
  • furfural
  • saccharification
  • fermentation
  • quantitative techniques
  • production processes


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