Published: CABEQ 36 (2) (2022) 139–148
Paper type: Original Scientific Paper
L. G. Coelho, G. Johann, F. Palú, M. G. A. Vieira, R. Guirardello, V. N. T. Júnior and E. A. D. Silva
The γ-valerolactone is an effective solvent in solubilizing lignocellulosic biomass fractions, although it inhibits microbial activity. To avoid the negative effects on the metabolism of microorganisms, even small quantities of γ-valerolactone need to be removed. This study examined the adsorption of γ-valerolactone on the commercial resin. The removal efficiency, adsorption equilibrium, pH effects, and fixed-bed column conditions were investigated. The highest removal efficiency of γ-valerolactone from sugar solution was 39.92 %, with 413.78 mg g−1 γ-valerolactone adsorption capacity, observed with commercial resin Dowex Optipore L-493 and pH 4.00. Dual-site Langmuir adsorption isotherm was found to be the best-fitting model for describing the adsorption mechanisms of γ-valerolactone on commercial resin. Thus, this study shows that γ-valerolactone could be removed from sugar solution by adsorption on commercial resin. In addition, the process is a viable alternative for the recovery of solvent and keeping the microbial activity in lignocellulosic biomass fractions.
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commercial resin, separation, kinetic, equilibrium, batch, fixed-bed