Production of Bioethanol and Chemicals from Arundo Donax

I. De Bari, F. Liuzzi, D. Viceconte & A. Villone
The use of versatile technologies is a key factor in the biorefineries economy because they could ensure a certain flexibility on the final products. Steam explosion can be considered a versatile pretreatment technology since it produces high degrees of biomass destructuration and facilitate fractionation in its macro-components. In the present paper the conversion of steam-pretreated Arundo donax to ethanol and/or furan compounds is presented. In particular, acid-catalyzed dehydration of sugars to furan compounds was carried...