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Biomass pretreatment

By Sasidhar Varanasi, Constance Ann Schall, Anantharam Prasad Dadi, Jared Anderson, Kripa Rao, Praveen Paripati and Guneet Kumar


The present invention relates to a method for lignocellulosic conversion to sugar using an ionic liquid pretreatment for the saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass. Thus, cellulose, hemicellulose, when hydrolyzed into their sugars, can be converted to ethanol fuel through well-established fermentation technologies. These sugars also form the feedstocks for production of a variety of chemical and polymers. The complex structure of the biomass required pretreatment to enable efficient saccharification of cellulose and hemicellulose components to their constituent sugars

Publisher: The University of Toledo Digital Repository
Year: 2013
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