Applications of ToF-SIMS in surface chemistry analysis of lignocellulosic biomass: a review

A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review

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List of Authors: Hong Yan Mou, Shubin Wu, Pedro Fardim
Publisher: NC State University
Publication year: 2016
Journal: BioResources
Volume number: 11
Issue number: 2
Start page: 5581
End page: 5599
eISSN: 1930-2126


Time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) is an advanced surface-sensitive technique that can provide both spectral and imaging information about materials. Recently, ToF-SIMS has been used for advanced studies of lignocellulosic biomass. In the current article, the application of ToF-SIMS to the characterization of the surface chemical composition and distribution of biomass components in lignocelluloses is reviewed. Moreover, extended applications of ToF-SIMS in the study of pretreatments, modification of biomaterials, and enzyme activity of lignocellulosic materials are presented and discussed. Sample preparation prior to ToF-SIMS analysis and subsequent interpretation of results is a critical factor in ensuring reliable results. The focus of this review is to give a comprehensive understanding of and offer new hints about the effects of processing conditions on the surface chemistry of lignocellulosic biomass.


Biomass pretreatment, biomaterials, Lignocellulosic biomass, Surface chemistry, ToF-SIMS

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