Hydrolytic dissociation of hog-hair by microwave radiation

C. J.G. Jou, Y. S. Chen, H. P. Wang, K. S. Lin, H. S. Tai

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One of the major constituents of hog hair is α-keratin from ectodermal cells. It is a fibrous, water-insoluble protein that has lone peptide linkages and a spiral-conformation. This spiral-structure may contribute to the high dielectric constant observed for hog hair. Microwave radiation can penetrate deep into the folding layers of α-keratin to destabilize the bonds between the units and make them twirl rapidly. The microwave radiation promotes the forward hydrolysis, thus generating a more efficient technique than the traditional external heat, acid-solution-methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-113
Number of pages3
JournalBioresource technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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