- Blumentritt, Melanie
University of Maine Graduate School
Generating renewable fuels and chemicals independent from fossil sources is a major objective of much research. Pre-extraction of hemicellulose from lignocellulosic feedstock has been a research focus during the last decade within the context of lignocellulosic-biorefineries. While a significant amount of research has been conducted studying and optimizing extraction and conversion rates, little attention has been paid to the effects of hemicellulose extraction on the remaining material, which in the case of wood can be used to produce conventional wood composites (e.g. particle board, OSB).