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Concept of rice husk biorefining for levulinic acid production integrating three steps: Multi-response optimization, new perceptions and limitations

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Fleig, Olivia Paniz [1] ; Lopes, Emilia Savioli [2] ; Rivera, Elmer Ccopa [2, 3] ; Maciel Filho, Rubens [2] ; Tovar, Laura Plazas [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Fed Santa Maria, Dept Chem Engn, BR-97105900 Santa Maria, RS - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas, Sch Chem Engn, BR-13083852 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Ohio State Univ, Dept Anim Sci, Ohio State Agr Res & Dev Ctr OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691 - USA
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Process Biochemistry; v. 65, p. 146-156, FEB 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 5

Valuable intermediates for solvents, biofuels and biopolymer precursors are produced from levulinic acid (LA). In this study, rice husk (RH) was fractionated using a three-step biorefining approach for LA production: (1) acid pretreatment, (2) alkaline pretreatment and (3) catalytic depolymerization of cellulose. In third step, the H2SO4-acid concentration (A(d)), reaction temperature (T-d) and reaction time (t(d)) on the LA concentration (C-LA), selectivity (S-LA) and yield percentage based on the theoretical value (Y-t,Y-LA), were investigated. Optimal values for C-LA of 27.2 g/L, S-LA of 62.2% and Y-t,Y-LA of 60.6 mol% were obtained at A(d) of 5.0% w/v, T-d of 175 degrees C and t(d) of 75 min. A scenario based on 100 kg of dry RH produced 11.8 kg of LA with a yield of 42.9 mol% based on the theoretical values of the cellulose in the RH, as well as 12.5 kg of xylose, 12 kg of lignin and 2.9 kg of formic acid. Furthermore, the potential route to LA production with the requirement to remove the ash and with a low production of carbonaceous species (similar to 2.5 kg) was highlighted in this study. These results offer new insight into selective conversion of RH to bio-based products. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/01785-0 - Butanol production from eucalyptus wood: effect of glycerol on in situ detoxification of lignocellulose-derived microbial inhibitors and in silico analysis of the metabolism of Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052
Grantee:Elmer Alberto Ccopa Rivera
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research
FAPESP's process: 15/20630-4 - Biorefinery development integrated to a bioethanol sugar cane plant with zero CO2 emission: routes to convert renewable resources to bio-products and bio-electricity
Grantee:Rubens Maciel Filho
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/17592-3 - Production optimization and obtainment of levulinic acid from sugarcane bagasse and molasses
Grantee:Emília Savioli Lopes
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate