Production of longer-chain alcohols from biomass - butanol, isopropanol and 2,3-butanediol

A.M. Lopez Contreras, W. Kuit, M.A.J. Siemerink, S.W.M. Kengen, J. Springer, P.A.M. Claassen

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Bioethanol is one of the main biofuels capable of substituting petroleum usage in vehicles, and has had one of the largest impacts to date. The first generation of bioethanol production has had a worldwide impact, though it is restricted by energy intensive grain-to-bioethanol production technology, and land usage pressures (food vs. fuel). The development of second generation production technology, producing a wider range of bioalcohols from lignocellulosic biomass, removes many of the obstacles and expenses that first generation production faces. By utilising a wider base of feedstocks (energy crops, cellulosic residues, waste materials) and by employing highly-efficient biochemical production techniques, the efficiency and environmental impact of bioalcohol production are significantly improved. This book provides a comprehensive and timely reference on the biochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass for the production of fuel alcohols, expertly reviewing the development of the entire second-generation bioalcohol production chain. The book covers the process engineering, technology, modelling and integration of the entire production chain, from feedstock pretreatment on to hydrolysis, to fermentation, and on to purification. The book primarily covers the production of bioethanol, but extends into coverage of the production of longer-chain bioalcohols that will be elemental to future biofuel utilisation
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioalcohol production: Biochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass
EditorsK.W. Waldron
Place of PublicationAbington, Cambridge
Number of pages560
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameWoodhead Energy Series
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Ltd.


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Lopez Contreras, A. M., Kuit, W., Siemerink, M. A. J., Kengen, S. W. M., Springer, J., & Claassen, P. A. M. (2010). Production of longer-chain alcohols from biomass - butanol, isopropanol and 2,3-butanediol. In K. W. Waldron (Ed.), Bioalcohol production: Biochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass (pp. 415-460). (Woodhead Energy Series; No. 3). Abington, Cambridge.