Recent advances in the pretreatment of microalgal and lignocellulosic biomass: A comprehensive review

Revathy Sankaran, Ricardo Andres Parra Cruz, Harshini Pakalapati, Pau Loke Show, Tau Chuan Ling, Wei Hsin Chen, Yang Tao

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Microalgal and lignocellulosic biomass is the most sumptuous renewable bioresource raw material existing on earth. Recently, the bioconversion of biomass into biofuels have received significant attention replacing fossil fuels. Pretreatment of biomass is a critical process in the conversion due to the nature and structure of the biomass cell wall that is complex. Although green technologies for biofuel production are advancing, the productivity and yield from these techniques are low. Over the past years, various pretreatment techniques have been developed and successfully employed to improve the technology. This paper presents an in-depth review of the recent advancement of pretreatment methods focusing on microalgal and lignocellulosic biomass. The technological approaches involving physical, chemical, biological and other latest pretreatment methods are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122476
JournalBioresource technology
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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