Impact of surfactants on pretreatment of corn stover. Bioresour Technol

Center for Environmental Research and Technology, Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department, Bourns College of Engineering, University of California, 1084 Columbia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507, USA.
Bioresource Technology (Impact Factor: 4.49). 03/2010; 101(15):5941-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.03.003
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Lignin in pretreated cellulosic biomass can non-productively adsorb cellulase, resulting in loss of a significant portion of this expensive protein. In addition, lignin interferes with the path for cellulase action, slowing down hydrolysis. Thus, the effectiveness of enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated lignocellulosic biomass can be significantly enhanced if lignin is removed or effectively modified before adding enzymes. In this study, the enzymatic digestibilities of solids resulting from using the surfactants Tween-80, dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid, and polyethylene glycol 4000 during water-only or dilute acid pretreatment of corn stover at 140-220 degrees C were evaluated. All of these surfactants increased lignin removal during pretreatment and reduced non-productive binding of enzymes on the biomass surface, but Tween-80 increased enzymatic hydrolysis yields and enhanced total sugar recovery more than the other two. Surfactant pretreatment was found to improve lignin solubility, which could improve cellulose digestibility by reducing unproductive binding to enzyme, and also appeared to enhance performance by modifying the biomass surface.

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    • "enzymatic saccharification of cellulose. One of the most important advantage of using surfactant as a pretreatment agent is that it will form emulsions that reduce lignin re-deposition back to biomass surface through interaction of surfactant with hydrophobic lignin during pretreatment so that less lignin is left on the biomass surface to non-productively adsorb or block enzyme during enzymatic hydrolysis.[5] The objective of the present study was to develop a novel integrated pretreatment strategy using biodiesel industry generated waste glycerol and surfactant for the effective removal of hemicelluloses and lignin from chili post-harvest residue as well as optimization of various process parameters affecting pretreatment and bioethanol production from the biomass hydrolyzate. "
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    • "Surfactant molecules may cover the separated lignin in the aqueous solution and prevent its re-deposition on the surface of biomass[38]. In fact, amphiphilic molecules of surfactant could enhance its solubility through the formation of micelles around lignin cores[19]. Moreover, surfactant molecules can facilitate the separation of lignin from the biomass structure through reducing the interfacial tension between the lignin and water[39]. "

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