A kinetic model for pretreated wheat straw saccharification by cellulase

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A kinetic model for enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated wheat straw able to describe the reaction process considering only macroscopic properties of enzyme and substrate would be useful in reactor design and scale-up. In this study Michaelis-Menten equations were used for different reaction schemes to fit experimental results obtained, working with enzyme loads between 5 and 44 i.u. g−1 pretreated straw. Kinetic parameters were obtained by means of an optimization computer program.

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