Mimicking the Fenton reaction-induced wood decay by fungi for pretreatment of lignocellulose

Young Hoon Jung, Hyun Kyung Kim, Hyun Min Park, Yong Cheol Park, Kyungmoon Park, Jin Ho Seo, Kyoung Heon Kim

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In this study, the Fenton reaction, which is naturally used by fungi for wood decay, was employed to pretreat rice straw and increase the enzymatic digestibility for the saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass. Using an optimized Fenton's reagent (FeCl3 and H2O2) for pretreatment, an enzymatic digestibility that was 93.2% of the theoretical glucose yield was obtained. This is the first report of the application of the Fenton reaction to lignocellulose pretreatment at a moderate temperature (i.e., 25°C) and with a relatively high loading of biomass (i.e., 10% (w/v)). Substantial improvement in the process economics of cellulosic fuel and chemical production can be achieved by replacing the conventional pretreatment with this Fenton-mimicking process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-472
Number of pages6
JournalBioresource technology
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 1

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  • Biofuel
  • Biomass
  • Fenton reaction
  • Lignocellulose
  • Saccharification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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