Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society
versión On-line ISSN 0717-9707
DURAN, NELSON et al. A MINIREVIEW OF CELLULOSE NANOCRYSTALS AND ITS POTENTIAL INTEGRATION AS CO-PRODUCT IN BIOETHANOL PRODUCTION. J. Chil. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2011, vol.56, n.2, pp. 672-677. ISSN 0717-9707. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-97072011000200011.
Cellulose nanocrystals appeared as important bio-based products and the collected information in term of production, characterization and application suggest that this nanomaterial could be easily extrapolated to bioethanol production. This review describes recent published syntheses using chemical and enzymatic hydrolyses and different preparations such as high pressure homogenization. Their industrial and medical applications, such as controled of delivery carriers, suggest a large projection of this nanomaterial. The most important aspect in this collected data is the potential to decrease significantly the final cost of the enzymes or the hydrolysis pre-treatment of lignocellulosic materials of all bioethanol processes in such a way that it could be economically feasible from materials such as bagasse, straw or wood resources.
Palabras clave : Cellulose nanocrystals; Bioethanol; Biorefineries; Lignocellulosics.