Bioethanol from waste paper

Bioethanol from waste paper

Bioethanol (C2H5OH) is an alcohol coming mainly from biomass, exploitable as an environmentally compatible fuel that can partially be used in place of fossil fuels. Currently, a mixture of gasoline and bioethanol is commercially available, the E85, composed of 85% ethanol.

In this experiment, waste paper will be used as raw material for the production of ethanol through the digestion with a safe commercial enzyme and fermentation with regular grocery store yeast. Ethanol will be then monitored through the use of either an ethanol sensor or a dye that, reacting selectively with alcohol, will change colour revealing its presence.

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