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Simulated moving bed separation of agarose-hydrolyzate components for biofuel production from marine biomass.

Journal of chromatography. A (2015-07-05)
Pung-Ho Kim, Hee-Geun Nam, Chanhun Park, Nien-Hwa Linda Wang, Yong Keun Chang, Sungyong Mun
ABSTRACT

The economically-efficient separation of galactose, levulinic acid (LA), and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) in acid hydrolyzate of agarose has been a key issue in the area of biofuel production from marine biomass. To address this issue, an optimal simulated moving bed (SMB) process for continuous separation of the three agarose-hydrolyzate components with high purities, high yields, and high throughput was developed in this study. As a first step for this task, the adsorption isotherm and mass-transfer parameters of each component on the qualified adsorbent were determined through a series of multiple frontal experiments. The determined parameters were then used in optimizing the SMB process for the considered separation. Finally, the optimized SMB process was tested experimentally using a self-assembled SMB unit with four zones. The SMB experimental results and the relevant computer simulations verified that the developed process in this study was quite successful in the economically-efficient separation of galactose, LA, and 5-HMF in a continuous mode with high purities and high yields. It is thus expected that the developed SMB process in this study will be able to serve as one of the trustworthy ways of improving the economic feasibility of biofuel production from marine biomass.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
D-(+)-Galactose, meets analytical specification of Ph. Eur., BP
Sigma-Aldrich
D-(+)-Galactose, powder, anhydrous, BioReagent, suitable for cell culture, suitable for insect cell culture
Sigma-Aldrich
D-(+)-Galactose, BioXtra, pH 5.0-7.0 (20 °C, 1 M in H2O), ≥99%
Sigma-Aldrich
D-(+)-Galactose, ≥99%
Sigma-Aldrich
D-(+)-Galactose, ≥98%
SAFC
Galactose, plant-derived