Economics of extracting cellulose from cornhusks for industrial applications

Narendra Reddy, Yiqi Yang

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Cellulose fibers with lengths from 2 mm to 20 cm were extracted from cornhusks. These fibers are suitable for various applications, e.g., as textiles, composites, and fiber reinforced foams, and also as a source for ethanol. A unique fiber extraction process using chemicals and enzymes was developed, which was low cost and eco friendly. The extracted fibers contained ∼ 80 % cellulose and ∼ 25 % fiber yield could be obtained from the cornhusks. The economics of producing cellulose from cornhusks in relation to the various end use applications were evaluated. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 228th ACS National Meeting (Philadelphia, PA, 8/22-26/2004).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)IEC-45
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004
EventAbstracts of Papers - 228th ACS National Meeting - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2004Aug 26 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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