Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Enzymatic Hydrolysis Lignin: Biomass Pretreatment Severity Affects Lignin Valorization

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  • Mads M. Jensen
  • Demi T. Djajadi, DTU
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  • Cristian Torri, University of Bologna
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  • Helene B. Rasmussen
  • Rene B. Madsen
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  • Elisa Venturini, University of Bologna
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  • Ivano Vassura, University of Bologna
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  • Jacob Becker
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  • Bo B. Iversen
  • Anne S. Meyer, DTU
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  • Henning Jorgensen, DTU
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  • Daniele Fabbri, University of Bologna
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  • Marianne Glasius

Alkaline hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of lignin rich enzymatic hydrolysis residues (EnzHR) from wheat straw and Miscanthus x giganteus was performed at 255, 300, and 345 degrees C to investigate valorization of this side-stream from second-generation bioethanol production. The EnzHR were from biomass hydro thermally pretreated at two different levels of severity (190 degrees C, 10 min or 195 degrees C, 15 min), and HTL at 300 degrees C of these EnzHR showed the most effective lignin depolymerization of the low severity EnzHR for both wheat straw and Miscanthus. The degree of depolymerization during HTL was temperature dependent and was not complete after 20 min at 255 degrees C, most distinctly for the Miscanthus EnzHR. The yields of 128 monomeric products quantified by gas chromatography mass spectrometry were up to 15.4 wt % of dry matter. Principal component analysis of the quantified compounds showed that nonlignin HTL products are main contributors to the variance of the HTL products from the two biomasses. The chemically modified lignin polymer was found to have increased thermal stability after HTL. Analytical pyrolysis was applied to investigate the chemical composition of a larger fraction of the products. Analytical pyrolysis contributed with additional chemical information as well as confirming trends seen from quantified monomers. This work is relevant for future lignin valorization in biorefineries based on current second-generation bioethanol production.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Pages (from-to)5940-5949
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

    Research areas

  • Base-catalyzed depolymerization, Biorefinery, Hydrothermal pretreatment, Principal component analysis, PARAFAC2, Thermogravimetry, Size exclusion chromatography, BASE-CATALYZED DEPOLYMERIZATION, KRAFT LIGNIN, SUPERCRITICAL WATER, GAS-CHROMATOGRAPHY, MASS-SPECTROMETRY, ORGANOSOLV LIGNIN, BIO-OIL, GC-MS, CONVERSION, CHEMICALS

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