Hydrothermal Pretreatments of Macroalgal Biomass for Biorefineries

  • Héctor A. RuizEmail author
  • Rosa M. Rodríguez-Jasso
  • Mario Aguedo
  • Zsófia Kádár


Recently, macroalgal biomass is gaining wide attention as an alternative in the production of biofuels (as bioetanol and biogas) and compounds with high added value with specific properties (antioxidants, anticoagulants, anti-inflammatories) for applications in food, medical and energy industries in accordance with the integrated biorefineries. Furthermore, biorefinery concept requires processes that allow efficient utilization of all components of the biomass. The pretreatment step in a biorefinery is often based on hydrothermal principles of high temperatures in aqueous solution. Therefore, in this chapter, a review on the application of hydrothermal pretreatment on macroalgal biomass is presented.


Biorefinery Biomass valorization Hydrothermal pretreatment Macroalgae Biofuels High value-added products Antioxidants Bioethanol Severity factor Brown macroalgae Reactors Fucoidan Hydrothermal liquefaction Methane Bio-oil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Héctor A. Ruiz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rosa M. Rodríguez-Jasso
    • 1
  • Mario Aguedo
    • 2
  • Zsófia Kádár
    • 3
  1. 1.Biorefinery Group, Food Research Department, School of ChemistryAutonomous University of CoahuilaSaltilloMexico
  2. 2.Lab of Biological and Industrial ChemistryGembloux Agro-Bio Tech – University of LiègeGemblouxBelgium
  3. 3.Center for BioProcess Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkKgs LyngbyDenmark

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