A review on the biomass pretreatment and inhibitor removal methods as key-steps towards efficient macroalgae-based biohydrogen production

Sutha Shobana, Gopalakrishnan Kumar, Péter Bakonyi, Ganesh D. Saratale, Ala'a Hamed Al-Muhtaseb, Nándor Nemestóthy, Katalin Bélafi-Bakó, Ao Xia, Jo Shu Chang

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(Red, green and brown) macroalgal biomass is a propitious candidate towards covenant alternative energy resources to be converted into biofuels i.e. hydrogen. The application of macroalgae for hydrogen fermentation (promising route in advancing the biohydrogen generation process) could be accomplished by the transformation of carbohydrates, which is a topic receiving broad attention in recent years. This article overviews the variety of marine algal biomass available in the coastal system, followed by the analyses of their pretreatment methods, inhibitor formation and possible detoxification, which are key-aspects to achieve subsequent H2 fermentation in a proper way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1341-1348
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Biohydrogen
  • Detoxification
  • Fermentation
  • Macroalgae biomass
  • Pretreatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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