BACKGROUND: The availability of efficient pretreatments is a priority for the development of lignocellulose biorefineries. In this context, the utilization of widespread invasive raw materials and green solvents shows potential advantages. This study provides an experimental assessment on the pretreatment of Acacia dealbata with the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EMIMAc). RESULTS: Under the selected operational conditions (150°C for 30min), EMIMAc pretreatment led to favorable percentages of cellulose and xylan recoveries (88% and 66%, respectively), and resulted in about a 13-fold increase in cellulose conversion and a 20-fold increase in xylan with respect to the untreated raw material. CONCLUSION: The valorization of Acacia dealbata by EMIMAc pretreatments followed by enzymatic hydrolysis of the resulting solids led to high fermentable glucose yields suitable as carbon sources for the biotechnological production of chemicals and biofuels.
- Acacia dealbata wood
- Biomass biorefinery
- Enzymatic digestibility
- Ionic liquids pretreatment (EMIMAc)