Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 8, Issue 5–6, pp 279–282 | Cite as

Ethanol separation by selective adsorption of water

  • S. K. Rakshit
  • P. Ghosh
  • V. S. Bisaria


Preferential adsorption of water in the vapor phase by lignocellulosic residues for the production of anhydrous ethanol has been reported in this work. Rice straw, microcrystalline cellulose powder (MCCP) and bagasse were the lignocellulosic residues used as adsorbents. Starting with an ethanol concentration of 80–90% a final concentration above the azeotropic concentration was obtained. An energy analysis of the process was made and a possible explanation of phenomena suggested.


Cellulose Waste Water Water Management Water Pollution Straw 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. K. Rakshit
    • 1
  • P. Ghosh
    • 2
  • V. S. Bisaria
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Institute of TechnologyMadrasIndia
  2. 2.Biochemical Engg. Research CentreIndian Institute of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia

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