is an important step for maximizing the recovery of target component as well as increasing the digestibility with enzymes
Mateus has conducted many studies on pretreatment of biomass in the efforts to identify the best pretreatment conditions suitable for the recovery of certain desired end products.
He analyzes the feedstock compositions to generate the lignocellulose
data and compare with the pretreated data to be
able to evaluate the efficiency of pretreatment and choose which one
should be the best for the biomass tested.
He also has experience in enzymatic hydrolysis
where we are able to determine the enzymatic digestibility of a specific biomass sample as well as the resulting sugar concentration profiles
as the hydrolysis
progresses. The enzymatic hydrolysis can be further optimized in conjunction with the pretreatment with the aim of identifying which combination works best to increase the polysaccharide accessibility,
conversion efficiency and conversion rate.