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Title: Development of Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Technologies: Recent Advances and Current Challenges

We describe some recent developments of the biorefinery concept within this review, which focuses on the efforts required to make the lignocellulosic biorefinery a sustainable and economically viable reality. In spite of the major research and development endeavours directed towards this goal over the past several decades, the integrated production of biofuel and other bio-based products still needs to be optimized from both technical and economical perspectives. This review will highlight recent progress towards the optimization of the major biorefinery processes, including biomass pretreatment and fractionation, saccharification of sugars, and conversion of sugars and lignin into fuels and chemical precursors. Additionally, advances in genetic modification of biomass structure and composition for the purpose of enhancing the efficacy of conversion processes, which is emerging as a powerful tool for tailoring biomass fated for the biorefinery, will be overviewed. The continual improvement of these processes and their integration in the format of a modern biorefinery is paving the way for a sustainable bio-economy which will displace large portions of petroleum-derived fuels and chemicals with renewable substitutes.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States). Biosciences Center
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States). National Bioenergy Center
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Journal ID: ISSN 0004-9425
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Australian Journal of Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 69; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 0004-9425
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; biorefinery; biofuels; bio-based products
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