Microwave irradiation initiates molecular motions of dipoles and electrolytes in a solution and directly generates heat from inside of the irradiated materials. The unique heating property of microwave irradiation is expected to boost hydrothermal fractionation of useful chemicals from biomass. This chapter summarizes the effects of the exploitation of microwave irradiation on biomass fractionation regarding the following three topics: (1) the fundamentals of the dielectric heating and microwave-assisted chemical reactions, (2) the effects of microwave irradiation on hydrothermal treatment of model compounds of biomass, and (3) the practical applications of microwave irradiation on fractionation processes of lignocellulose and food-waste biomass.
|Title of host publication||Biomass Fractionation Technologies for a Lignocellulosic Feedstock Based Biorefinery|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)