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Researchers advance the underlying processes involved in thermochemical pre-treatment of lignocellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

Researchers studying more effective ways to convert woody plant matter into biofuels at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified fundamental forces that change plant structures during pre-treatment processes used in the production of bioenergy. The research team, which published its results in Green Chemistry, set out to decipher the inner workings of plant cell walls during pre-treatment, the most expensive stage of biofuel production. With pre-treatments employing thermochemical means, plant material is subjected to extremely high temperature and pressure to break apart the protective gel of lignin and hemicellulose that surrounds sugary cellulose fibres. “While pre-treatments…

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