Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Carrier, Danielle Julie, 1959- J.
Griffis, Carl L.
Committee Member/Second Reader
Costello, Thomas A.
Hemicellose-derived oligomers are key components in hemicellulose depolymerization into the five-carbon carbohydrate xylose, a key operation in the production of cellulosic biofuels. Unfortunately, hemicellulose oligomers do not only depolymerize directly into xylose, but also into degradation compounds that reduce the overall production of cellulosic biofuels. Because commercially available oligomers are prohibitively expensive, this study was carried out using relatively inexpensive commercial grade xylose. Understanding the degradation of xylose is important for its impact on the economic viability of the monomeric sugars-to-ethanol conversion. From experimental data and ensuing statistical analysis, initial xylose concentrations did not result in different xylose degradation rates, confirming that, indeed, the reaction was first order. The average degradation rate of xylose at 120Â°C water, 120Â°C 1% acid, 200Â°C water and 200Â°C 1% acid were 0.002, 0.001, 0.024 and 0.409 min-1, respectively. The significance of this study showed that subsequent kinetic studies to be conducted with precious xylose oligomers could be performed at 1 g per l, and the degradation rate will remain first order up to the concentration of 5 g per l.
biofuel, kinetic studies, xylose
McDaniel, Christopher, "Kinetics of Xylose Oligomers Decomposition" (2012). Biological and Agricultural Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses. 26.