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Advances in 2nd Generation of Bioethanol Production - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128188620

Advances in 2nd Generation of Bioethanol Production

1st Edition

Editor: Xin Lu
Paperback ISBN: 9780128188620
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st May 2021
Page Count: 424
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Table of Contents

  1. General introduction to biofuels and bioethanol
    2. The need for biofuels in the context of energy consumption
    3. More than biofuels: use of ethanol as chemical feedstock
    4. Essential process for converting plant biomass into biofuel
    5. Composition of plant biomass and its impact on pretreatment
    6. Pretreatment: towards effectiveness and sustainability
    7. Tiny bugs play big role: microorganisms’ contribution to bioethanol production
    8. Overcome saccharification barrier: advances in hydrolysis technology
    9. Strategies on simultaneous fermentation of pentose and hexose
    10. Industrial bioethanol production: status and bottlenecks
    11. Ending fossil fuels addiction: prospects for biofuels


Advances in Second Generation Bioethanol Production presents a comprehensive overview of technologies and strategies for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass. Topics covered include sustainable production, environmental and economic benefits, and the main hurdles for upscaling and achieving commercial viability. The book assesses current biomass conversion technologies, their readiness level for commercial production, feedstock composition and pretreatment, the advances and challenges of bioprocessing, hydrolysis technologies, and simultaneous fermentation of pentose and hexose. Finally, it presents the current status and bottlenecks for industrial production of bioethanol, as well as its future prospects.

Practitioners in the industry will benefit from the information on working principles, design and control of the bioethanol production process, learning about areas where technology innovation and investment should be placed. In addition, graduate students and researchers new to the field will find this to be a key-resource on the fundamentals of bioethanol and bioproducts production from lignocellulosic biomass.

Key Features

  • Presents fundamentals and the state-of-the-art in available pathways for bioethanol and bioproducts production from lignocellulosic biomass
  • Discusses key-challenges for the large-scale production of bioethanol, such as pretreatment and hydrolysis
  • Covers the specificities of various feedstocks and processes, the role of microorganisms in fermentation, saccharification limitations, and challenges in C5 and C6 fermentation


Researchers in academia and industry, PhD students and practitioners in the biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts sectors


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About the Editor

Xin Lu

Xin Lu is currently professor of College of Food Science and Engineering at Northwest A&F University. He studied at Xinjiang University and Northwest A&F University from 1993-2000. In 2004, he gained his PhD at Jiangnan University. After that, he worked as post-doc at Kyoto University (Japan) with key interests on agricultural wastes utilization, biomass saccharization, and bioethanol production. In 2009, he was appointed as full professor and started his own lab. His group studies various aspects of bioethanol production, e.g. subcritical water pretreatment, closed circuit fermentation, biofuel production using different agricultural wastes, and microbial community dynamics during fermentation. This research results, for example, in increasing knowledge about the clean bioethanol production and in expanding the pool of bioethanol feedstock.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of College of Food Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University