• Investigating the role of mechanics in lignocellulosic biomass degradation during hydrolysis - part II

    12 days ago - By Wiley

    Abstract
    Lignocellulose breakdown in biorefineries is facilitated by enzymes and physical forces. Enzymes degrade and solubilise accessible lignocellulosic polymers, primarily on fibre surfaces, and make fibres physically weaker. Meanwhile physical forces acting during mechanical agitation induce tearing and cause rupture and attrition of the fibres, leading to liquefaction, that is, a less viscous hydrolysate that can be further processed in industrial settings. This study aims at understanding how mechanical agitation during enzymatic saccharification can be used to promote fibre...
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