Abstract

A variety of enzymes are available for the surface modification of cellulosic fibers, both in the area of textile applications and for pulp and paper applications. Enzymatic treatment conditions are milder, less damaging for the fiber, and are environmentally friendly while producing effects comparable to chemical treatments. Surface modifications can be achieved by oxidative and/or hydrolytic enzymes. Some of the enzymatic processes have recently attained commercial importance and more systems are being developed. The following chapter will review current research in the application of oxidoreductases and hydrolases that are valuable for textile and forest products industries.

Keywords: surface modification; oxidoreductase; laccase; peroxidase; hydrolase; cellulose-binding domain.

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