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Pretreatment - highlights from the NSERC Bioconversion Network Pretreatment Workshop

Edited by Dr Linoj Kumar and Prof Jack Saddler

This special issue of Biotechnology for Biofuels focuses on pretreatment. It features selected results and conclusions from the NSERC Bioconversion Network Pretreatment Workshop, from world renowned international experts in biomass pretreatment technologies, pretreatment equipment manufacturers, pulp and paper, biotechnology and many other companies and end users.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.

Submissions to this series are now closed.

  1. Research

    How effective are traditional methods of compositional analysis in providing an accurate material balance for a range of softwood derived residues?

    Forest residues represent an abundant and sustainable source of biomass which could be used as a biorefinery feedstock. Due to the heterogeneity of forest residues, such as hog fuel and bark, one of the expect...

    Sabrina Burkhardt, Linoj Kumar, Richard Chandra and Jack Saddler

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:90

    Published on: 24 June 2013

  2. Research

    Mapping the lignin distribution in pretreated sugarcane bagasse by confocal and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy

    Delignification pretreatments of biomass and methods to assess their efficacy are crucial for biomass-to-biofuels research and technology. Here, we applied confocal and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy...

    Vitor Carlos Coletta, Camila Alves Rezende, Fernando Rodrigues da Conceição, Igor Polikarpov and Francisco Eduardo Gontijo Guimarães

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:43

    Published on: 1 April 2013

  3. Research

    Performance of AFEX™ pretreated rice straw as source of fermentable sugars: the influence of particle size

    It is widely believed that reducing the lignocellulosic biomass particle size would improve the biomass digestibility by increasing the total surface area and eliminating mass and heat transfer limitation duri...

    Shuhaida Harun, Venkatesh Balan, Mohd Sobri Takriff, Osman Hassan, Jamaliah Jahim and Bruce E Dale

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:40

    Published on: 21 March 2013

  4. Research

    Integration of pulp and paper technology with bioethanol production

    Despite decades of work and billions of dollars of investments in laboratory and pilot plant projects, commercial production of cellulosic ethanol is only now beginning to emerge. Because of: (1)high technical...

    Richard B Phillips, Hasan Jameel and Hou Min Chang

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:13

    Published on: 28 January 2013

  5. Review

    Bioconversion of lignocellulose: inhibitors and detoxification

    Bioconversion of lignocellulose by microbial fermentation is typically preceded by an acidic thermochemical pretreatment step designed to facilitate enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose. Substances formed during ...

    Leif J Jönsson, Björn Alriksson and Nils-Olof Nilvebrant

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:16

    Published on: 28 January 2013

  6. Research

    Survey of renewable chemicals produced from lignocellulosic biomass during ionic liquid pretreatment

    Lignin is often overlooked in the valorization of lignocellulosic biomass, but lignin-based materials and chemicals represent potential value-added products for biorefineries that could significantly improve t...

    Patanjali Varanasi, Priyanka Singh, Manfred Auer, Paul D Adams, Blake A Simmons and Seema Singh

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:14

    Published on: 28 January 2013