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Birgit Kamm, Sebastian Leiß, Petra Schönicke, Matthias Bierbaum
Wheat straw was pretreated and afterwards enzymatically hydrolyzed using a modified ammonia fiber expansion (AFEX) process under different reaction conditions to produce fermentable sugars. Instead of liquid ammonia, aqueous ammonia (25 % w/v) was used to test its influence on the sugar concentration and yield of the sugars. It is shown that a protein extraction after the pretreatment can distinctly improve the result obtained for the enzymatic hydrolysis. This modified AFEX process using aqueous ammonia represents a simpler and less expensive variant of the AFEX process usually described in literature...
November 29, 2016: ChemSusChem
Jose A Pérez-Pimienta, Alejandra Vargas-Tah, Karla M López-Ortega, Yessenia N Medina-López, Jorge A Mendoza-Pérez, Sayeny Avila, Seema Singh, Blake A Simmons, Inés Loaces, Alfredo Martinez
Agave bagasse (AGB) has gained recognition as a drought-tolerant biofuel feedstock with high productivity in semiarid regions. A comparative analysis of ionic liquid (IL) and organosolv (OV) pretreatment technologies in AGB was performed using a sequential enzymatic saccharification and fermentation (SESF) strategy with cellulolytic enzymes and the ethanologenic Escherichia coli strain MS04. After pretreatment, 86% of xylan and 45% of lignin were removed from OV-AGB, whereas IL-AGB reduced lignin content by 28% and xylan by 50% when compared to the untreated biomass...
November 16, 2016: Bioresource Technology
C Safi, G Olivieri, R P Campos, N Engelen-Smit, W J Mulder, L A M van den Broek, L Sijtsma
A mild biorefinery process was investigated on the microalga Nannochloropsis gaditana, to obtain an enriched fraction of water soluble proteins free from chlorophyll. After harvesting, a 100g.L(-1) solution of cells was first subjected to cell disruption by either high-pressure homogenization (HPH) or enzymatic treatment (ENZ). HPH resulted in a larger release of proteins (49%) in the aqueous phase compared to the Alcalase incubation (35%). In both cases, an ultrafiltration/diafiltration (UF/DF) was then performed on the supernatant obtained from cell disruption by testing different membrane cut-off (1000kDa, 500kDa and 300kDa)...
November 18, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Bo-Yang Chen, Bao-Cheng Zhao, Ming-Fei Li, Qiu-Yun Liu, Run-Cang Sun
The aim of the research was to evaluate the effect of combined treatments on fermentable sugar production from rapeseed straw. An optimum condition was found to be the combination of hydrothermal pretreatment at 180°C for 45min and post-treatment by 2% NaOH at 100°C for 2h, which was based on the quantity of monosaccharides released during enzymatic hydrolysis. As compared with the raw material without treatment, the combination of hydrothermal pretreatment and alkali post-treatment resulted in a significant increase of the saccharification rate by 5...
November 16, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Irina Sulaeva, Grigory Zinovyev, Jean-Michel Plankeele, Ivan Sumerskii, Thomas Rosenau, Antje Potthast
Technical lignins - waste products obtained from wood pulping or biorefinery processes - have so far required lengthy analysis procedures and different eluents for molar mass analysis by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). This challenge has become more pressing recently since attempts to utilize lignins have increased, leading to skyrocketing numbers of samples to be analyzed. A new approach, which uses the eluent DMSO/LiBr (0.5% w/v) and converts lignosulfonate salts into their acidic form before analysis, overcomes these limitations by enabling measurement of all kinds of lignins (kraft, organosolv, soda, lignosulfonates) in the same SEC system without the necessity of time-consuming derivatization steps before...
November 24, 2016: ChemSusChem
Yukari Ohta, Ryoichi Hasegawa, Kanako Kurosawa, Toshio Koizumi, Allyn H Maeda, Hiroshi Nishimura, Hitomi Okada, Chen Qu, Kaori Saito, Takashi Watanabe, Yuji Hatada
Enzymatic catalysis is an eco-friendly strategy for the production of high-value low-molecular-weight aromatic compounds from lignin. Although well-definable aromatic monomers have been obtained from synthetic lignin-model dimers, enzymatic-selective production of platform monomers from natural lignin has not been accomplished. In this study, we successfully achieved highly specific production of aromatic monomers with a phenylpropane structure directly from natural lignin using a cascade reaction of ß-O-4 cleaving bacterial enzymes in one pot...
November 22, 2016: ChemSusChem
Fabio Tonin, Elisa Vignali, Loredano Pollegioni, Paola D'Arrigo, Elena Rosini
Enzymatic lignin degradation represents a key challenge for integrated biorefineries. Notwithstanding the rich content in aromatic compounds, lignin's complex structure has hampered identification of an effective and cost-efficient enzymatic procedure to transform it into less complex product families. Advancements in enzymatically modifying or degrading lignin require a simple and reliable analytical method to quickly screen diverse lignin samples by employing different enzymes and conditions. Here, we report on a novel, rapid, and economic colorimetric assay for lignin oxidation based on the reaction of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine with the carbonyl groups generated by enzymatic oxidation...
January 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
Wanwitoo Wanmolee, Warasirin Sornlake, Nakul Rattanaphan, Surisa Suwannarangsee, Navadol Laosiripojana, Verawat Champreda
BACKGROUND: Efficient hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials to sugars for conversion to biofuels and chemicals is a key step in biorefinery. Designing an active saccharifying enzyme system with synergy among their components is considered a promising approach. RESULTS: In this study, a lignocellulose-degrading enzyme system of Chaetomium globosum BCC5776 (CG-Cel) was characterized for its activity and proteomic profiles, and synergism with accessory enzymes. The highest cellulase productivity of 0...
November 21, 2016: BMC Biotechnology
Maxim V Galkin, Arjan T Smit, Elena Subbotina, Konstantin A Artemenko, Jonas Bergquist, Wouter J J Huijgen, Joseph S M Samec
The pulping industry could become a biorefinery if the lignin and hemicellulose components of the lignocellulose are valorized. Conversion of lignin into well-defined aromatic chemicals is still a major challenge. Lignin depolymerization reactions often occur in parallel with irreversible condensation reactions of the formed fragments. Here, we describe a strategy that markedly suppresses the undesired condensation pathways and allows to selectively transform lignin into a few aromatic compounds. Notably, applying this strategy to woody biomass at organosolv pulping conditions, the hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin were separated and in parallel the lignin was transformed into aromatic monomers...
November 15, 2016: ChemSusChem
Antonio Irineudo Magalhães, Júlio Cesar de Carvalho, Jesus David Coral Medina, Carlos Ricardo Soccol
Itaconic acid is a promising chemical that has a wide range of applications and can be obtained in large scale using fermentation processes. One of the most important uses of this biomonomer is the environmentally sustainable production of biopolymers. Separation of itaconic acid from the fermented broth has a considerable impact in the total production cost. Therefore, optimization and high efficiency downstream processes are technological challenges to make biorefineries sustainable and economically viable...
November 15, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Li Shuai, Masoud Talebi Amiri, Ydna M Questell-Santiago, Florent Héroguel, Yanding Li, Hoon Kim, Richard Meilan, Clint Chapple, John Ralph, Jeremy S Luterbacher
Practical, high-yield lignin depolymerization methods could greatly increase biorefinery productivity and profitability. However, development of these methods is limited by the presence of interunit carbon-carbon bonds within native lignin, and further by formation of such linkages during lignin extraction. We report that adding formaldehyde during biomass pretreatment produces a soluble lignin fraction that can be converted to guaiacyl and syringyl monomers at near theoretical yields during subsequent hydrogenolysis (47 mole % of Klason lignin for beech and 78 mole % for a high-syringyl transgenic poplar)...
October 21, 2016: Science
Narumon Tangthirasunun, David Navarro, Sona Garajova, Didier Chevret, Laetitia Chan Ho Tong, Valérie Gautier, Kevin D Hyde, Philippe Silar, Jean-Guy Berrin
: Conversion of biomass into high-value products including biofuels is of great interest to develop sustainable biorefineries. Fungi are an inexhaustible source of enzymes to degrade plant biomass. Cellobiose dehydrogenases (CDHs) play an important role in the breakdown through synergistic action with fungal lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs). The three CDH genes of the model fungus Podospora anserina were inactivated resulting in singly and multiple CDH mutants. We detected almost no difference in the growth and fertility of the mutants on various lignocellulose sources, except on crystalline cellulose, where a two-fold decrease in fertility of the mutants lacking PaCDH1 and PaCDH2 was observed...
November 11, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Sheng Yang, Yue Zhang, Wen Yue, Wei Wang, Yun-Yan Wang, Tong-Qi Yuan, Run-Cang Sun
BACKGROUND: Due to the unsustainable consumption of fossil resources, great efforts have been made to convert lignocellulose into bioethanol and commodity organic compounds through biological methods. The conversion of cellulose is impeded by the compactness of plant cell wall matrix and crystalline structure of the native cellulose. Therefore, appropriate pretreatment and even post-treatment are indispensable to overcome this problem. Additionally, an adequate utilization of coproduct lignin will be important for improving the economic viability of modern biorefinery industries...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Maryam Haddad, Sergey Mikhaylin, Laurent Bazinet, Oumarou Savadogo, Jean Paris
Integrated forest biorefinery offers promising pathways to sustainably diversify the revenue of pulp and paper industry. In this context, lignin can be extracted from a residual stream of Kraft pulping process, called black liquor, and subsequently converted into a wide spectrum of bio-based products. Electrochemical acidification of Kraft black liquor by electrodialysis with bipolar membrane results in lignin extraction and caustic soda production. Even though the implementation of this method requires less chemicals than the chemical acidification process, fouling of the ion exchange membranes and especially bipolar membrane impairs its productivity...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Mohsen Ali Mandegari, Somayeh Farzad, Johann F Görgens
In this work different biorefinery scenarios were investigated, concerning the co-production of bioethanol and electricity from available lignocellulose at a typical sugar mill, as possible extensions to the current combustion of bagasse for steam and electricity production and burning trash on-filed. In scenario 1, the whole bagasse and brown leaves is utilized in a biorefinery and coal is burnt in the existing inefficient sugar mill boiler. Scenario 2 & 3 are assumed with a new centralized CHP unit without/with coal co-combustion, respectively...
October 28, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Javier A Dávila, Moshe Rosenberg, Carlos A Cardona
This work investigated a model biorefinery for producing phenolic compounds extract, ethanol and xylitol from spent blackberry pulp (SBP). The biorefinery was investigated according to four potential scenarios including mass and heat integrations as well as cogeneration system for supplying part of the energy requirements in the biorefinery. The investigated SBP had 61.54% holocellulose; its total phenolic compounds was equivalent to 2700mg of gallic acid/100g SBP, its anthocyanins content was 126.41mg/kg of SBP and its total antioxidant activity was 174...
October 20, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Jeong Eun Hyeon, Sang Kyu Shin, Sung Ok Han
The utilization of scaffolds for enzyme immobilization involves advanced bionanotechnology applications in biorefinery fields, which can be achieved by optimizing the function of various enzymes. This review presents various current scaffolding techniques based on proteins, microbes and nanomaterials for enzyme immobilization, as well as the impact of these techniques on the biorefinery of lignocellulosic materials. Among them, architectural scaffolds have applied to useful strategies for protein engineering to improve the performance of immobilized enzymes in several industrial and research fields...
November 2016: Biotechnology Journal
Cristina Cavinato, Cinzia Da Ros, Paolo Pavan, David Bolzonella
The aim of this study was to verify the efficiency of a separate hydrolysis step by testing different working temperatures (37-55°C) and hydraulic retention times (two, four and six days) and by evaluating readily biodegradable carbon production. The fermentation products included primarily acetic, propionic and butyric acids. These acids can be easily converted into biogas or can be recovered in a biorefinery approach, for example, to produce polyhydroxyalkanoates. The optimal condition was found by applying an organic loading rate of 17...
October 15, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Chien-Yuan Lin, Joseph E Jakes, Bryon S Donohoe, Peter N Ciesielski, Haibing Yang, Sophie-Charlotte Gleber, Stefan Vogt, Shi-You Ding, Wendy A Peer, Angus S Murphy, Maureen C McCann, Michael E Himmel, Melvin P Tucker, Hui Wei
BACKGROUND: Plant lignocellulosic biomass is an abundant, renewable feedstock for the production of biobased fuels and chemicals. Previously, we showed that iron can act as a co-catalyst to improve the deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass. However, directly adding iron catalysts into biomass prior to pretreatment is diffusion limited, and increases the cost of biorefinery operations. Recently, we developed a new strategy for expressing iron-storage protein ferritin intracellularly to accumulate iron as a catalyst for the downstream deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Shaolong Sun, Weijing Chen, Jianing Tang, Bing Wang, Xuefei Cao, Shaoni Sun, Run-Cang Sun
BACKGROUND: The biorefinery based on an effective and economical process is to fractionate the three primary constituents (cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin) from lignocellulosic biomass, in which the constituents can be respectively converted into high-value-added products. In this study, a successive treatment with dilute acid (0.25-1.0 % aqueous H2SO4, 100-150 °C, 0.5-3.0 h) and alkali (1.5 % aqueous NaOH, 80 °C, 3 h) was performed to produce xylooligosaccharides (XOS), high-purity lignin, and cellulose-rich substrates to produce glucose for ethanol production from rice straw (RS)...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
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