Optimization of Laccase-Aided Chlorine Dioxide Bleaching of Bagasse Pulp

Yong Pei, Shuangfei Wang, Chengrong Qin, Jingjing Su, Shuangxi Nie, Xueping Song

Abstract


The laccase-mediator system in laccase-aided chlorine dioxide bleaching of bagasse pulp was optimized using response surface methodology (RSM). The effects and interactions of the laccase enzyme dosage, the dosage of the mediator 1-hydroxybenzotriazole (HBT), and the reaction time on the adsorbed organic halogen (AOX) content of the wastewater as well as the brightness and kappa number of the pulp were examined. The optimal reaction conditions to achieve a balance of lower AOX content, higher brightness, and lower kappa number were as follows: laccase enzyme dosage of 20.3 U/g, HBT dosage of 1.51%, and reaction time of 154.5 min. Under these conditions, an AOX content of 20.67 mg/L, brightness of 58.94% ISO, and kappa number of 2.71 were observed. These results will offer a favorable option for pulp and paper mills as well as the natural environment and therefore provide a theoretical foundation for the industrial application of laccase in bleaching processes.

Keywords


Response surface methodology; Laccase; AOX; ECF; Bagasse soda pulp

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