Submission Type

Poster

Start Date

4-21-2022

Abstract

Hemp, along with marihuana, are subspecies of Cannabis sativa L. The two differ in chemical constituent levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp contains 0.3% THC, compared to marijuana’s THC content of 17.1%, allowing it to be a safe and compelling biomass for investigation. Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and its refined products have immense commercial value, including biofuels, biodegradable plastics, textiles, dietary supplements, paper, clothing, and much more. Construction and manufacturing applications have also been seen to include hemp to strengthen their composite products. Hemp is a high yielding, sustainable, and environmentally friendly crop due to its various qualities, and has the potential to yield valuable raw materials for a great number of applications. Our research evaluates the pretreatment of hemp as well as the comparative analysis of the fiber content with the goal of determining the suitability and the potential use of an ionic liquid-based pretreatment (1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride) for the breakdown of hemp lignocellulosic biomass.

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23 -- Pretreatment and Fiber Decomposition Analysis of Cannabis sativa L

Hemp, along with marihuana, are subspecies of Cannabis sativa L. The two differ in chemical constituent levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp contains 0.3% THC, compared to marijuana’s THC content of 17.1%, allowing it to be a safe and compelling biomass for investigation. Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and its refined products have immense commercial value, including biofuels, biodegradable plastics, textiles, dietary supplements, paper, clothing, and much more. Construction and manufacturing applications have also been seen to include hemp to strengthen their composite products. Hemp is a high yielding, sustainable, and environmentally friendly crop due to its various qualities, and has the potential to yield valuable raw materials for a great number of applications. Our research evaluates the pretreatment of hemp as well as the comparative analysis of the fiber content with the goal of determining the suitability and the potential use of an ionic liquid-based pretreatment (1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride) for the breakdown of hemp lignocellulosic biomass.

 

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