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A one-step deconstruction-separation organosolv fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass using acetone/phenoxyethanol/water ternary solvent system

  • Chen, Jiazhao
  • Tan, Xuesong
  • Miao, Changlin
  • Zhang, Yu
  • Yuan, Zhenhong
  • Zhuang, Xinshu
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
GuangZhou Institute of Energy Conversion
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A novel ternary solvent system for organosolv fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass, named APW process, which is composed of acetone, phenoxyethanol and water with the advantages of monophasic deconstruction and biphasic separation of components was developed. Through fractionation of amorpha as a case study, a monophasic APW solution (acetone/phenoxyethanol/water = 5:11:4, volume ratio) with the best lignin affinity was constructed based on Hansen solubility parameters. According to Taguchi experimental design, the optimal conditions were 130 degrees C, 70 min, 0.15 M sulfuric acid and 20 LSR. Under optimal conditions, removal of lignin and hemicellulose reached 95.60% and 98.39%, respectively. While 80.48% of cellulose was retained in residue and its digestibility was 80.36%. Then, 83.74% of hemicellulose was recovered from aqueous as sugars, and 35.64% of lignin was recovered by precipitation. Moreover, APW process also have effective fractionation of sugarcane bagasse, corn cob and pine, cellulose and hemicellulose recovery were both over 80%.

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