Indexed on: 16 Sep '16Published on: 16 Sep '16Published in: Bioresource Technology
Catalpa sawdust, a promising biofuel production biomass, was pretreated by microwave-water, -NaOH, and -Ca(OH)2 to enhance enzymatic digestibility. After 48h enzymatic hydrolysis, microwave-Ca(OH)2 pretreated sample showed the highest reducing sugar yield. The content of hemicellulose and lignin in catalpa sawdust decreased after microwave-alkali pretreatment. SEM observation showed that the catalpa sawdust surface with microwave-Ca(OH)2 pretreatment suffered the most serious erosion. Crystallinity index of catalpa sawdust increased after all three kinds of pretreatment. The optimum conditions of microwave-Ca(OH)2 pretreatment were particle size of 40mesh, Ca(OH)2 dosage of 2.25% (w/v), microwave power of 400W, pretreatment time of 6min, enzyme loading of 175FPU/g, and hydrolysis time of 96h, and the reducing sugar yield of microwave-Ca(OH)2 pretreated catalpa sawdust reached 402.73mg/g, which increased by 682.15% compared with that of raw catalpa sawdust. The catalpa sawdust with microwave-Ca(OH)2 pretreatment is promising for biofuel production with great potential.