Enhanced production of bioethanol and ultrastructural characteristics of reused Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized calcium alginate beads.

Department of Wood Science and Landscape Architecture (BK21 Program), Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757, Republic of Korea.
Bioresource Technology (Impact Factor: 5.04). 09/2011; 102(17):8191-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2011.06.063
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ABSTRACT Yeast immobilized on alginate beads produced a higher ethanol yield more rapidly than did free yeast cells under the same batch-fermentation conditions. The optimal fermentation conditions were 30°C, pH 5.0, and 10% initial glucose concentration with 2% sodium alginate beads. The fermentation time using reused alginate beads was 10-14 h, whereas fresh beads took 24h, and free cells took 36 h. All bead samples resulted in nearly a 100% ethanol yield, whereas the free cells resulted in an 88% yield. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the shortened time and higher yield with the reused beads was due to a higher yeast population per bead as well as a higher porosity. The ultrastructure of calcium alginate beads and the alginate matrix structure known as the "egg-box" model were observed using TEM.