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Microwave-enhanced formation of glucose from cellulosic waste

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JournalChemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
DatePublished - Sep 2013
Volume71
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)37-42
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The conversion of cellulose and cellulosic waste to fermentable sugars has been successfully demonstrated. Using a novel microwave intensified hydrothermal depolymerisation of cellulosic materials in liquid hot water, at pressures below 300. psi, conversions of up to 40% of fermentable sugars were obtained with limited by-product formation. A high selectivity for glucose over other sugars has been observed. Temperature is the crucial parameter as limited conversion is observed below 180. °C and optimum conversion is attained around 220. °C.

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  • Biomass, Glucose, Hydrothermal, Microwave

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