Lignocellulose-derived monosugars: a review of biomass pre-treating techniques and post-methods to produce sustainable biohydrogen

Pham Thi Phan, Ba Son Nguyen, Trong Anh Nguyen, Ashok Kumar, Van Huy Nguyen

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Biohydrogen (H2) is considered as a prospective energy source for altering of exhausting fossil fuel-based hydrogen in the coming years. Among biomaterials, lignocellulose is the most abundant renewable feedstock for the second generation biohydrogen production through many processes. The conventional microbial fermentation and the photocatalytic reforming have received considerable attention that could convert the monosugars (mainly glucose and xylose) of the lignocellulosic materials into biohydrogen. In general, to obtain these monosugars, the lignocellulosic materials must be pre-treated through various complicated processes. This review focuses on various integrated pre-treating lignocellulosic material techniques and their advantages and disadvantages, including pretreatment, hydrolysis, and detoxification methods to get monosugars. Additionally, the state-of-the-art accomplishments in the post-methods, including microbial fermentation (including photo-fermentation and dark fermentation), microbial electrolysis, and photocatalytic reforming, for further converting monosugars into sustainable biohydrogen, are favorably highlighted. Finally, the perspectives for material pre-treating techniques and future challenges for post-methods to enhance biohydrogen are also discussed and intensified.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomass Conversion and Biorefinery
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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