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Hydrolysis of Cellulose

Azlan Shah Hussain



Hydrolysis Acid-Base Pentoses Biomass Fermentation Enzyme Separation of Sugars Hexoses Second Generation Chromatography Spectroscopy Process Engineering

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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. 

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Date completed: August 7th 2019

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Azlan Shah Hussain


Azlan Shah Hussain is a Principle Scientist (Process Technology) with PETRONAS Research of Malaysia. He has 15 years of experience in process development, mainly in the area of downstream processes. His research interests cover the area of unconventional carbon sources utilization, acid-base chemistry, catalysis, and ionic liquids. He has published papers and proceedings in the area of downstream processing, thermo-physical properties of ionic liquids and biomass processing strategy. He is an adjunct lecturer in green chemistry and organic chemistry subjects in Universiti Teknology PETRONAS, a wholly owned university of PETRONAS. He is also a Chartered Scientist with the Science Council UK, chartered member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers UK and the Royal Society of Chemistry UK where he performs various volunteer roles.

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