Ultrasonic-assisted dilute acid pretreatment of poplar wood biomass for biofuel manufacturing: A preliminary study Conference Paper uri icon


  • Copyright 2015 by ASME. For the first time, this study demonstrated that the efficiency of enzymatic hydrolysis of poplar wood biomass was drastically enhanced after being pretreated with ultrasonicassisted dilute acid pretreatment comparing to dilute acid pretreatment only. Three levels of ultrasonic power (0%, 30%, and 70%) were used in pretreatment. Approximately 10-40% improvement in the sugar yield was attained by using ultrasound-assisted dilute acid pretreatment for 15 min. XRD analysis revealed that poplar wood biomass pretreated ultrasonically had lower biomass crystallinity than that pretreated with dilute acid only. The combination of ultrasound irradiation and dilute acid can be a key factor in the disruption of rigid cellulose structures and contributes to the improvement of cellulose saccharification in enzymatic hydrolysis.

published proceedings

  • ASME 2015 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2015

author list (cited authors)

  • Song, X., Zhang, M., Pei, Z. J., & Wang, D.

complete list of authors

  • Song, X||Zhang, M||Pei, ZJ||Wang, D

publication date

  • January 2015