Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2014)
Pretreatment of cellulosic waste materials
Author(s): Haripriya. R, Selvaraj. C, Naveenraj. D, Kirubakaran. S.A, Muthukumar. V, P. Thirumalaivasan
Abstract: Lignocellulosic substrates such as, rice straw, sugarcane bagasse and corpith were pretreated following physical, chemical and biological methods. Pretreatment with NaOH (4 and 6%) released a maximum of 78% and 80% cellulose in both sugarcane baggase and rice straw whereas HCl (3%) released 70% cellulose in coir pith. The pretreated substrates were analyzed by FTIR.