A biorefinery processing perspective: treatment of lignocellulosic materials for the production of value-added products

Bioresour Technol. 2010 Dec;101(23):8915-22. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.06.125. Epub 2010 Jul 27.


In the last decade, there has been increasing research interest in the value of bio-sourced materials recovered from residual biomass. Research that focuses on the use of extracted, recovered and/or synthesized bioproducts for direct industrial applications is essential for the implementation of sustainable approaches in a forward-looking bio-based economy. The effective use of biomass feedstocks, particularly lignocellulosic materials (plant biomass predominantly comprised of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin), in large-scale applications will evolve from innovative research aimed at the development and implementation of biorefineries--multi-step, multi-product facilities established for specific bio-sourced feedstocks. This paper presents recent advances in lignocellulosic biomass processing and analysis from a biorefining perspective. In addition, existing industrial biomass processing applications are discussed and examined within a biorefinery context.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biotechnology / economics*
  • Biotechnology / methods*
  • Energy-Generating Resources / economics*
  • Lignin / metabolism*


  • lignocellulose
  • Lignin