Enhanced enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic fibers by cationic polyelectrolytes
Reye, John Timothy
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A new method for enhancing rates of enzymatic hydrolysis for cellulosic fiber is presented. By adding a cationic polyelectrolyte to a cellulase/cellulose hydrolytic system, the polyelectrolyte binds to the cellulase and fiber forming flocs. The cellulase is bound by a patching mechanism. By using this technique, the rate of enzymatic hydrolysis can be enhanced. This thesis covered observations made about the cellulase/cationic polyelectrolyte/fiber interactions. A mechanism was proposed based on the experimental results.