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Fungal and enzymatic pretreatments in hot-pressed lignocellulosic bio-composites: A critical review

Author(s):

Wenjing Sun
Mehdi Tajvidi
Barbara J.W. Cole
Caitlin Howell
Douglas J. Gardner

Year:

2022

Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Forest Products Laboratory

Source:

Journal of Cleaner Production

Description

Fungal and enzymatic pre-treatments have long been used to activate the surface of lignocellulosic biomass particles or fibers to promote adhesion or develop novel composite materials and other products. Research into mycelium-based bio-composites, i.e. products in which constituents are bonded by fungal mycelium, is quite new and still growing. There has also been a significant amount of attention given to these materials by the industry and private sector. These bio-composites can be produced by enzymatically or fungally treating lignoicellulosic substrates and then either molding them into a shape and letting the fungus grow or, alternatively, by hotpressing the substrate into a panel product. This review article focuses on hot-pressed, higher density lignocellulosic bio-composites produced following enzymatic or fungal pretreatment. The definitions, raw materials, processing procedures, material properties, factors governing product properties, and potential adhesion mechanisms are summarized and discussed. Finally, current commercial products are introduced and roadblocks in the way of further development are presented along with the identification of knowledge gaps.

Citation

Sun, Wenjing; Tajvidi, Mehdi; Hunt, Christopher G.; Cole, Barbara J.W.; Howell, Caitlin; Gardner, Douglas J.; Wang, Jinwu. 2022. Fungal and enzymatic pretreatments in hot-pressed lignocellulosic bio-composites: A critical review. Journal of Cleaner Production. 353(1): 131659. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.131659.

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