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See detailEffect of steam explosion pre-treatment on enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic material
Meyer, Laurence ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

Poster (2011, September 08)

Taking into account the sharp rise in prices and the depletion of resources of petroleum, an alternative to fossil resources is needed. A probable alternative is the use of lignocellulosic raw material to ... [more ▼]

Taking into account the sharp rise in prices and the depletion of resources of petroleum, an alternative to fossil resources is needed. A probable alternative is the use of lignocellulosic raw material to produce biofuels. The “first generation” biofuels are highly controversial because of the use of food plant material. The aim of the “second generation” biofuels is to take lignocellulosic non-food plant material as raw material. Lignocellulosic biomass has a very complex structure made of linkages between lignins, cellulose and hemicelluloses. The saccharification of these lignocellulosic materials requires the fractionation of its constituents. Research has lead to many lignocellulosic biomass fractionation pre-treatments. This study particularly focuses on the steam explosion pretreatment followed by an enzymatic saccharification. Steam explosion is a thermomechanical process which allows the breakdown of the lignocellulosic material structure by the combined action of steam heating, hydrolysis induced by the organic acids formed during the process and shear stress resulting from the pressure rough drop. This treatment leads to modification of the physical parameters such as water retention capacity, cristallinity rate of the cellulosic fraction, hydrolysis of the hemicellulosic fraction and rearrangement in the lignin structure. Such modifications are supposed to make cellulose enzymatic hydrolysis from complex lignocellulosic material easier. In order to verify this hypothesis, different lignocellulosic raw materials have been pre-treated by steam explosion. These materials were sugar beet pulp, corn straw and miscanthus. In order to check the effect of steam explosion pre-treatment on cellulose, a microcrystalline cellulose was also treated. Steam explosion was performed at a vapor pressure of 18 bars and with a retention time of 2 minutes. The steam exploded lignocellulosic materials and the untreated one were submitted to a hydrolysis with a mixture of enzymes composed of cellulases and cellobiase activities during 24 hours. The quantification of glucose in the hydrolysates at different times was performed by HPAEC-PAD. Rate of cellulose converted into glucose were better with steam exploded raw material showing that steam explosion allows improvement of lignocellulosic material for enzymatic saccharification. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of steam explosion on the thermal stability of cellulose fibres
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Quievy, Nicolas; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

in Polymer Degradation & Stability (2011), 96

The aim of the present study was to compare the effect of different steam explosion treatments on the thermal degradation of a bleached cellulose. The intensity of a steam explosion treatment, which ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to compare the effect of different steam explosion treatments on the thermal degradation of a bleached cellulose. The intensity of a steam explosion treatment, which allows breakdown of the structural lignocellulosic material was determined by a correlation between time and temperature of the process. Results of this study showed that thermal degradation of cellulose fibres was limited when the severity factor applied was below 4.0. For higher intensities, determination of the degradation products in the water-soluble extract showed an important increase of the 5-hydroxymethyl-furfural concentration with the temperature. When the severity factor reached 5.2., TGA analysis showed that the increase of degradation products was coupled to an increase of the char level meaning a strong degradation of the cellulose. dTGA behaviour also showed that thermal stability of the steam explosion samples decreased with the intensity of the treatment. To conclude, a theoretical diagram predicting the degradation of the cellulose during the steam explosion treatment was established. [less ▲]

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See detailExopolysaccharides production by selected bacteria
Valepyn, Emmanuel ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg; Nys, Joël

Poster (2011, August)

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See detailMonolayer Properties of Uronic Acid Bicatenary Derivatives at the Air-Water Interface: Effect of Hydroxyl Group Stereochemistry Evidenced by Experimental and Computational Approaches
Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Wathelet, Bernard ULg et al

in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics [=PCCP] (2011), 13(33), 1529115298

By screening uronic acid-based surfactant interfacial properties, the effect of the hydroxyl group stereochemistry (OH-4) on the conformation of bicatenary (disubstituted) derivatives at the air–water ... [more ▼]

By screening uronic acid-based surfactant interfacial properties, the effect of the hydroxyl group stereochemistry (OH-4) on the conformation of bicatenary (disubstituted) derivatives at the air–water interface has been evidenced by experimental and computational approaches. Physical and optical properties of a monolayer characterized by Langmuirfilmbalance, Brewster angle microscopy, and ellipsometry at 20°C reveal that the derivative of glucuronate (C14/14–GlcA) forms a more expanded monolayer, and shows a transition state under compression, in the opposite to that of galacturonate (C14/14–GalA). Both films are very mechanically resistant (compression modulus > 300m Nm-1) and stable (collapse pressure exceeding 60mNm-1), while that of C14/14–GalA exhibits a very high compression modulus up to 600mNm-1 like films in the solid state. Computational approaches provide single and assembly molecular models that corroborate the molecule expansion degree and interactions data from experimental results. Differences in the molecular conformation and film behaviours of uronic acid bicatenary derivatives at the air–water interface are attributed to the intra-H-bonding formation, which is more favourable with an OH-4 in the axial (C14/14–GalA) than in the equatorial position (C14/14–GlcA). [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic synthesis and surface active properties of novel hemifluorinated mannose esters
Favrelle, Audrey ULg; Boyère, Cédric ULg; Laurent, Pascal ULg et al

in Carbohydrate Research (2011), 346(9), 1161-1164

The lipase-catalysed esterification of sugars with hemifluorinated acid derivatives is reported for the first time. A series of mannose modified derivatives having fluorinated chains with different length ... [more ▼]

The lipase-catalysed esterification of sugars with hemifluorinated acid derivatives is reported for the first time. A series of mannose modified derivatives having fluorinated chains with different length have been prepared accordingly in moderate yield. A preliminary evaluation of the surface active properties of these hemifluorinated mannose esters revealed their ability to reduce the surface tension of water much more efficiently than their aliphatic counterparts. [less ▲]

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See detailLes agroressources
Joly, Guillaume; Paquot, Michel ULg

Scientific conference (2011, June 07)

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See detailAn Overview Of Methodology For Predicting Activities And Functionalities Of A Wide Range Of Carbohydrate- Based Surfactants From Their Fundamental Properties
Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg

in 8th World surfactant congress and business convention (2011, June 06)

Introduction and Background: Carbohydrate-based surfactants (CBS) are, today, among the most attractive amphiphilic compounds owing to their high potentiality for a large product concept. The main ... [more ▼]

Introduction and Background: Carbohydrate-based surfactants (CBS) are, today, among the most attractive amphiphilic compounds owing to their high potentiality for a large product concept. The main fundamental reasons are the abundance of their precursors from renewable resources, the excellent environmental compatibility, and the quasi-unlimited availability of their molecular structure and geometry. Based on the latter aspect, CBS would be expected to generate a wide range of functionalities and activities for food and non-food applications. All kinds of amphiphilic compounds including small surfactants, bolaforms, geminis, oligomeric, and polymeric molecules with a single or a multiple hydrophobic tails can be designed by synthetic routes thanks to a large number of reactive chemical groups in their basic structure. Consequently, various methodologies are required, and could be used in complementary for identifying all of their potentiality for further development. Methodology: The methodology is based on the characterization in the laboratory scale, i.e. using only small amounts of sample, of CBS properties at fluid and solid interfaces, in bulk liquid phases, and at the solid state with simplified models. Results and Discussion: In this communication, an overview of functionality and activity-predicting methods for a wide range of CBS structures varying in head polar groups, hydrophobic tail and number, and linkers will be presented and discussed. Performances and complementarities of different approaches, methodologies, and techniques will be emphasized. These include sample preparation and analysis procedures, interfacial-characterizing instruments, mainly tensiometers and Langmuir balances used both in dynamic and (quasi)-static modes, particle size and electrical charge analyser, and (micro)calorimeters using differential scanning, isothermal titration, and thermogravimetry methods. Conclusion: The knowledge of these basic properties is helpful for predicting their main activities and functionalities like their aptitude for forming and stabilizing colloidal systems, and for developing biological activities. This is also necessary for the rational design of CBS amphiphilic structure regarding to specific properties. The same approach can also be applied for other required features as the compound stability, toxicity, and biodegradability. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure-Surface Activity Relationships Of Uronic Acid-Derivative Surfactants From Renewable Resources Applications
Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Richard, Gaetan ULg et al

Poster (2011, June)

Introduction and Background: Uronic acid-derivative surfactants are amphiphilic compounds with growing interests owing to their potential applications in various areas [1]. This class of carbohydrate ... [more ▼]

Introduction and Background: Uronic acid-derivative surfactants are amphiphilic compounds with growing interests owing to their potential applications in various areas [1]. This class of carbohydrate-based surfactants can be easily prepared from renewable raw materials in a wide range of structure by modular synthesis thanks to the presence of one carboxylic and numerous hydroxyl groups. The polar head group configurations according to the stereochemistry of OH groups, and geometry (cyclic or not), the hydrophobic tail (number and length of alkyl chain), and the type of linker (ester, acetal and amide, etc) are among the main variables in their structural entities. Therefore, the investigation of their structure-surface activity relationships appears valuable for increasing backgrounds, and achieving a rational design for selecting the best structures to be used in different industrial fields [2]. Methodology: A few analogous of glucuronic acid-derivative surfactants have been synthesized by chemical or enzymatic routes. After purification, their structure has been confirmed by various spectroscopic techniques (RMN, MS, IR). Surface tensions of true aqueous solution have been then measured in dynamic and static modes using a series of complementary techniques. Critical micelle concentrations, minimum molecular areas, and maximum surface excesses have also been determined. Results and Discussion: Glucuronic acid derivative surfactants under investigation vary in the polar head group configuration including cyclic or non-cyclic structure and α or β anomeric form, in the hydrophobic tail regarding to the chain length (C8 to C14), the presence of a double bond, as well as an OH group at the terminal carbon, and in the type of linker, ester in C6 or acetal in C1. Results showed that all of these structural attributes affect both dynamic and equilibrium surface properties of glucuronic acid -based surfactants. Conclusion: A set of synthetic glucuronic acid-based surfactants varying in the polar head group, hydrophobic tail, and linker allow us to generate various surface-active properties at the air-water interface, and to increase the knowledge on relationships between their structure and surface-active properties. [1] Laurent, P.; Razafindralambo, H.; Wathelet, B.; Blecker, C.; Wathelet, J.-P.; Paquot, M., Synthesis and Surface-Active Properties of Uronic Amide Derivatives, Surfactants from Renewable Organic Raw Materials. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents 2010, in press. [2] Razafindralambo, H.; Blecker, C.; Mezdour, S.; Deroanne, C.; Crowet, J.; Brasseur, R.; Lins, L.; Paquot, M., Impacts of the Carbonyl Group Location of Ester Bond on Interfacial Properties of Sugar-Based Surfactants: Experimental and Computational Evidences. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2009, 113 (26), 8872-8877. Acknowledgment: This work was supported by Belgian Walloon Region within DGTRE research project of excellence (TECHNOSE). [less ▲]

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See detailStudy on the susceptibility of the bovine milk fat globule membrane proteins to enzymatic hydrolysis and organization of some of the proteins
Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg et al

in International Dairy Journal (2011), 21(5), 312-318

Isolated milk fat globules were subjected to enzyme hydrolysis by a specific protease (trypsin) and a nonspecific protease (pronase E) to study the asymmetric arrangement of milk fat globule membrane ... [more ▼]

Isolated milk fat globules were subjected to enzyme hydrolysis by a specific protease (trypsin) and a nonspecific protease (pronase E) to study the asymmetric arrangement of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) proteins. The remaining proteins on the globules after proteolysis were resolved by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and identified by mass spectrometry. By this proteomic approach, the results confirmed different susceptibility of the MFGM proteins to proteolysis by enzymes. Butyrophilin and adipophilin were completely digested by trypsin and by pronase E, whereas lactadherin and xanthine dehydrogenase/oxidase were almost resistant to hydrolysis by trypsin and partially attacked by pronase E. Based on our results and recent bibliographic data, an up-dated model of the organization of some MFGM proteins is proposed and discussed. (c) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailGreen Chemistry in Wallonia. Focus on lignocellulosic transformations.
Richel, Aurore ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg

Conference (2011, February 10)

In the context of the valorisation of agricultural resources, the development of new sustainable strategies has gained attention. In this sense, this speech describes some major actions and contributions ... [more ▼]

In the context of the valorisation of agricultural resources, the development of new sustainable strategies has gained attention. In this sense, this speech describes some major actions and contributions undertaken in Wallonia around both “green chemistry” and “biorefinery” concepts. [less ▲]

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See detailLipase-catalyzed synthesis of L-cysteine glucosyl esters in organic media
Valepyn, Emmanuel ULg; Nys, Joël ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg et al

in Biocatalysis & Biotransformation (2011), 29(1), 25-30

New sugar amino acids were synthesized by enzymatic esterification of D -glucose with L -cysteine using immobilized lipase B from Candida antarctica in a mixed solvent system composed of 2-methyl-2 ... [more ▼]

New sugar amino acids were synthesized by enzymatic esterification of D -glucose with L -cysteine using immobilized lipase B from Candida antarctica in a mixed solvent system composed of 2-methyl-2-butanol and dimethyl sulfoxide. Addition of small quantities of water to the medium improved the glucose conversion yield by a factor of two. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic production of pectic oligosaccharides from polygalacturonic acid with commercial pectinase preparations
Combo, Agnan Marie Michel ULg; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Goffin, Dorothée ULg et al

in Food and Bioproducts Processing: Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Part C (2011), 90(3), 588-596

The present study investigates the individual efficiency of six commercial pectinase preparations (Endopolygalacturonase M2, Pectinase, Viscozyme L, Pectinex Ultra SP-L, Pectinase 62L and Macer8 FJ) in ... [more ▼]

The present study investigates the individual efficiency of six commercial pectinase preparations (Endopolygalacturonase M2, Pectinase, Viscozyme L, Pectinex Ultra SP-L, Pectinase 62L and Macer8 FJ) in catalyzing the liberation of pectic oligosaccharides (POS) from polygalacturonic acid. On the basis of high-performance anion-exchange chromatography with pulsed amperometric detection (HPAEC-PAD) analysis of the enzymatic hydrolysates, products release kinetics revealed a random cleavage pattern and an exo mode of cleavage for all the enzymes except for Endopolygalacturonase M2. All six enzymes generated oligoGalA with different degree of polymerization (DP); the quantitative composition of oligoGalA depended on the enzyme specificity and the time of enzymatic reaction. Endopolygalacturonase M2 was the best enzyme preparation for production of oligoGalA, with 18% (wt) of digalacturonic acid and 58% (wt) of trigalacturonic acid after 2h of reaction. Concerning galacturonic acid production, Pectinase 62L was superior to the other enzyme preparations with 47% (wt) after 1h of reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailLe bioraffinage, une alternative prometteuse à la pétrochimie
Laurent, Pascal ULg; Roiz, Julie ULg; Wertz, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2011), 15(4), 597-610

Because of the price increase of fossil resources, of their uncertain availability and because of environmental concerns, alternative solutions able to mitigate global warming, and reduce the consumption ... [more ▼]

Because of the price increase of fossil resources, of their uncertain availability and because of environmental concerns, alternative solutions able to mitigate global warming, and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions should be promoted. The replacement of petroleum with biomass as raw material for bioenergy (biofuels, power and heat) and chemical production is an interesting option and is the driving force for the development of biorefinery complexes that will have a critical role to play in our common future. A biorefinery is a facility that integrates biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, heat and chemicals from biomass. In biorefinery, almost all types of biomass feedstocks can be converted to different classes of biofuels and biochemicals through various processes that maximize economic and environmental benefits, while minimizing waste and pollution. Through the integration of green chemistry into biorefineries, and the use of low environmental impact technologies, future sustainable production chains of biofuels and high value chemicals from biomass can therefore be established. Currently, the green biorefinery, the whole-crop biorefinery, the oilseed biorefinery and the lignocellulosic feedstock biorefinery are favoured in research, development and industrial implementation, essentially through fully integrated biorefinery complexes. [less ▲]

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