Glycerol-based pretreatment is a very effective biomass deconstruction technology for enhancing the yield of fermentable sugars.
However, the pretreatment process also generates by-products which have negative effects on the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose.
In this honours project you will investigate the correlation between these by-products and the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose. You will then develop strategies to overcome the negative effects.
Understanding of the effects of by-products will lead to the development of the effective hydrolysis strategies, enhancing the economics of biomass utilisation.
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