Separation and purification processes for lignocellulose-to-bioalcohol production

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The chapter begins by introducing the lignocellulosic biomass-to- ethanol biorefinery. It then reviews and discusses the separation methods and technologies in bioalcohol production, product separation and dehydration and removal of inhibitors in fermentation systems, including extractive distillation with ionic liquids and hyper-branched polymers, adsorption with molecular sieve and bio-based adsorbents, extractive fermentation, membrane pervaporation in bioreactors, and vacuum membrane distillation (VMD), etc. Key challenges and opportunities in separation technologies for the future biorefinery are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioalcohol Production
Subtitle of host publicationBiochemical Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9781845695101
StatePublished - May 2010

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  • Bioalcohol
  • Biorefinery
  • Ethanol
  • Extractive fermentation
  • Membrane separation-bioreactor hybrid
  • Separation and purification


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