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A vertical ball mill as a new reactor design for biomass hydrolysis and fermentation process

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de Assis Castro, Rafael Cunha [1] ; Mussatto, Solange I. [2] ; Roberto, Ines Conceicao [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Biotecnol, Escola Engn Lorena, Estr Municipal Campinho, S-N, BR-12602810 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Tech Univ Denmark, Novo Nordisk Fdn Ctr Biosustainabil, Bldg 220, DK-2800 Lyngby - Denmark
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: RENEWABLE ENERGY; v. 114, n. B, p. 775-780, DEC 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 1

A vertical ball mill (VBM) reactor was evaluated for use in biomass conversion processes. The effects of agitation speed (100-200 rpm), number of glass spheres (0-30 units) and temperature (40-46 degrees) on enzymatic hydrolysis of rice straw and on glucose fermentation by a thermotolerant Kluyveromyces marxianus strain were separately studied. The results revealed an important role of the spheres during biomass' fiber liquefaction and yeast's fermentative performance. For hydrolysis, the spheres were the only variable with significant positive impact on cellulose conversion, while for fermentation all the variables have influenced the ethanol volumetric productivity (Q(p)). For Q(p), the spheres showed an interactive effect with temperature, being obtained a maximum of 2.16 g/L.h when both variables were used in the lowest level. By applying the needed adjustments on the levels of the variables for each process (hydrolysis and fermentation), the VBM reactor could be efficiently used for biomass conversion into ethanol. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/24813-6 - Assessment of a biochemical platform based on two streams model (C6 and C5) for conversion of rice straw into ethanol
Grantee:Ines Conceicao Roberto
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/13953-6 - Ethanol production from rice straw by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation employing a non-conventional stirred reactor
Grantee:Rafael Cunha de Assis Castro
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate