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An important current focus of research in biology, chemistry, engineering, agriculture, and environmental sciences is the development of clean technologies that utilize cellulosic biomass as a renewable resource to the largest extent possible in a biorefinery setting to produce sustainable liquid transportation fuels and chemicals. Of all sustainable resources, only biomass can be transformed into organic fuels and chemicals that can integrate well into our current transportation infrastructure with the inherent convenience, cost, and efficiency advantages of current fuels. Cellulosic biomass can be converted to fuels and chemicals through aqueous-phase processes involving carbohydrates-derived and lignin-derived reactive intermediates deconstructed from these structural components within biomass. The key challenge is to achieve high yields of these reactive intermediates for biological and/or catalytically upgrading into fuels or chemicals at low cost.
Utah State University
biofuels, lignocellulosic biomass, aqueous processing, Bin Yang
Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering | Engineering
USU College of Engineering, "Aqueous Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Advanced Biofuels | Biological Engineering" (2016). College of Engineering News. 143.