About the book
The utilization of biomass as a carbon source to make fuels and chemicals requires astute manipulation of different chemistry strategies in order to produce fermentable sugars. And one of the key steps in the processing strategy of biomass involves cellulose hydrolysis which often offers significant challenges to chemists and engineers alike on how to achieve that delicate balance between yield, side reactions, quality and time. As such, the understanding on the behavior of cellulose in various solvents, factors on effecting the efficacy of enzymatic or chemical-assisted systems and a new scheme of separation of various components of fermentable sugars derived from biomass has been developed through various stages of technology maturity. This book aims to provide readers with an overview of the state of the art of processing and chemistry techniques being developed or employed at industrial scale to perform cellulose hydrolysis to produce fermentable sugars as feed to further downstream processes.