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Deconstruction is a major step in biomass conversion and involves breaking down biomass to create fermentable sugars. These sugars can then be converted into biofuels, biochemicals, and other bioproducts.
Breaking It Down
Biomass is naturally resistant to chemical or biological deconstruction pathways. Overcoming this resistance is essential for successful deconstruction and subsequent unit operations.
Altering and Converting
Pretreatment and saccharification are the two major processes in deconstruction. Pretreatments alter the physical and chemical characteristics of biomass and greatly impact downstream operations, including saccharification and fermentation. Saccharification converts sugars from polymeric to monomeric and/or dimeric form.