The susceptibility of cellulose to enzymatic hydrolysis can be significantly affected through pretreatment by means of gamma-ray radiation. Experiments were carried out to investigate the effects of this radiation on enzymatic hydrolysis and on the two major structural features of cellulose that most influence hydrolysis, namely, specific surface area and crystallinity.
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D. H. Beardmore is currently with Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville, OK 74004, U.S.A.
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Beardmore, D.H., Fan, L.T. & Lee, YH. Gamma-ray irradiation as a pretreatment for the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose. Biotechnol Lett 2, 435–438 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00162351