Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Lignocellulosic biomass is an abundant renewable material from hardwood, softwood, grasses and agricultural residues for ethanol production. Pretreatment of lignocellulosic materials has been a main technical challenge to a cellulosic ethanol production process. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate four pretreatment methods and conduct comparative analyses among pretreatment methods, chemicals used and biomass species to determine the best process in terms of glucan to ethanol conversion efficiencies.

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