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Recovering ferulic acid from wheat bran enzymatic hydrolysate by a novel and non-thermal process associating weak anion-exchange and electrodialysis

Abstract : Agricultural by-products such as wheat bran and straw are rich in arabinoxylans. Composed of a main chain of β- (1,4) linked xylose ramified by arabinose and ferulic acid, these polymers are sources of valuable molecules, in particular ferulic acid and monomeric (xylose, arabinose and glucose) and oligomeric carbohydrates. Enzymatic hydrolysis using hemicellulasic cocktails obtained from Thermobacillus xylanilyticus provide an eco-friendly alternative to acid or alkaline deconstruction. In this article, downstream purification of the enzymatic hydrolysate of wheat bran with a weak anion-exchange resin (Amberlyst A21- Dow) in free-base form was studied and optimized to reach concentrated ferulate fractions in environment-friendly conditions. A demineralization step by homopolar electrodialysis prior to anion-exchange allowed most of the competing inorganic anions to be removed from the hydrolysate. The capacity of fixation of ferulic acid on the active sites of the resin was increased, as well as purity and concentration of the basic eluate, consequently. Ferulic acid could therefore be crystallized by adjusting the pH of the eluate. 83% was crystallized and purity (NMR) reached 90–95%. At last, 52% of ferulic acid released from wheat bran by the hemicellulasic cocktail was purified and recovered as a solid. Moreover, more than 50 BV (Bed Volume) of the hydrolysate could be recovered during the resin saturation step as rather pure carbohydrates under monomeric (xylose, arabinose and glucose) and oligomeric (xylobiose, xylotriose and xylotetraose) form.
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Stéphanie Dupoiron, Marie-Laure Lameloise, Magali Bedu, Richard Lewandowski, Claire Fargues, et al.. Recovering ferulic acid from wheat bran enzymatic hydrolysate by a novel and non-thermal process associating weak anion-exchange and electrodialysis. Separation and Purification Technology, Elsevier, 2018, 200, pp.75-83. ⟨10.1016/j.seppur.2018.02.031⟩. ⟨hal-01727163⟩

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