Thermophilic hydrogen fermentation from Korean rice straw by Thermotoga neapolitana

Tam Anh D. Nguyen, Kyoung Rok Kim, Mi Sun Kim, Sang Jun Sim

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Rice straw, a low-cost lignocellulosic biomass was used as feedstock for thermophilic hydrogen fermentation by Thermotoga neapolitana. Hydrogen production, the growth and cellulose digestibility of the hyperthermophile in batch mode from untreated as well as chemically pretreated (ammonia and dilute sulfuric acid) Korean rice straws were investigated. Pretreatment method using combination of 10% ammonia and 1.0% dilute sulfuric acid was developed to increase the digestibility of rice straw for the hyperthermophilic H2 fermentation and to decrease the time consumption. In a typical fermentation using raw rice straw, 29% of the substrate was digested and 2.3 mmol H 2/g straw of hydrogen yield was consistently obtained. Compared with the pretreatments using only ammonia or dilute sulfuric acid, the combined pretreatment method using both chemical agents significantly increases the digestibility of rice straw with 85.4% of substrate consumption. H2 production on rice straw from this combined pretreatment showed the highest yield (2.7 mmol H2/g straw) and the highest sugar conversions (72.9% of glucose and 95.7% of xylose).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13392-13398
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was performed for the Hydrogen Energy R&D Center, one of the 21st Century Frontier R&D Programs, funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea.


  • Biohydrogen production
  • Pretreatment
  • Rice straw
  • Thermotoga neapolitana

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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