Bioethanol production from Ficus religiosa leaves using microwave irradiation

Miri Klein, Ofir Griess, Indra Neel Pulidindi, Nina Perkas, Aharon Gedanken

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A microwave assisted feasible process for the production of bioethanol from Ficus religiosa leaves was developed. Under the process conditions (8 min. microwave irradiation, 1 M HCl), 10.1 wt% glucose yield was obtained from the leaves. Microwave based hydrolysis process yielded higher glucose content (10.1 wt%) compared to the conventional hydrothermal process (4.1 wt%). Upon fermentation of the hydrolysate using Baker's yeast, 3 wt% (dry wt. basis) of bioethanol was produced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2016

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  • Bioethanol
  • Biomass
  • Fermentation
  • Ficus religiosa
  • Holocellulose
  • Microwave


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