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ERIC Number: EJ923697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Build Your Own Second-Generation Bioethanol Plant in the Classroom!
van Seters, Janneke R.; Sijbers, Jeroen P. J.; Denis, Misha; Tramper, Johannes
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n2 p195-196 Feb 2011
The production of bioethanol from cellulosic waste is described. The experiment is suitable for students in secondary school classroom settings and leads to bioethanol in a concentration high enough to burn the liquid. The experiment consists of three steps: (i) the cellulose of the waste material is converted to glucose by cellulase enzymes, (ii) the glucose-containing solution is fermented by baker's yeast to a solution of approximately 5% ethanol, and (iii) the ethanol solution is subsequently distilled to yield an ethanol solution of at least 40%. All students obtained flammable end products and liked the realistic practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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