The Mechanisms of Plant Cell Wall Deconstruction during Enzymatic Hydrolysis
Thygesen, Lisbeth G.
Thybring, Emil E.
Johansen, Katja S.
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Rights / licenseCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Mechanical agitation during enzymatic hydrolysis of insoluble plant biomass at high dry matter contents is indispensable for the initial liquefaction step in biorefining. It is known that particle size reduction is an important part of liquefaction, but the mechanisms involved are poorly understood. Here we put forward a simple model based on mechanical principles capable of capturing the result of the interaction between mechanical forces and cell wall weakening via hydrolysis of glucosidic bonds. This study illustrates that basic material science insights are relevant also within biochemistry, particularly when it comes to up-scaling of processes based on insoluble feed stocks. Show more
Journal / seriesPLoS ONE
Pages / Article No.
PublisherPublic Library of Science
Organisational unit03917 - Burgert, Ingo / Burgert, Ingo
02606 - Institut für Baustoffe (IfB) / Institute for Building Materials
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