Submitted to: American Chemical Society National Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/25/1999
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Interest in the use of green technology in lignocellulosic biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals has increased in recent years. Examples of agricultural residues include corn stalk, corn fiber, rice straw, wheat straw, and sugar cane bagasse. Pretreatment of any agricultural residue is crucial before performing enzymatic hydrolysis. This presentation will include an overview of various pretreatment options available and the enzymes involved in the degradation of pretreated lignocellulosic materials (cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin). Our research dealing with the development of environmentally friendly enzyme technology for biomass conversion will be described. Future directions of research for development of highly efficient and cost-effective enzyme technology will also be presented.