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Tailoring biomass for its use in catalytic and hydropyrolytic conversion pathways

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A key aspect of catalyst-substrate interactions is the accessibility of catalysts to the chemical bonds with which they are designed to react. We aim to engineer biomass variants with altered lignin and polysaccharide compositions, or to incorporate catalysts, co-catalysts, or functionalized catalytic sites into cell walls as the plant grows, simplifying reaction steps in subsequent processing and alleviating the biphasic barrier between the catalyst in solution and the solid polymeric biomass. By tailoring biomass for catalytic and hydropyrolytic conversion pathways, we aim to reduce energy inputs and maximize recovery of desired reaction products.

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  • McCann MC, Anderson NA, Wei H, Yang H, Antunes M, Cox J, Ciesielski P, Kim JI, Mosier N, Hewetson B, Abu-Omar M, Donohoe B, Chapple C, Himmel ME, Murphy A, Peer W, Tucker MP. Tailoring biomass for its use in catalytic and hydropyrolytic conversion pathways. Energy Frontiers Research Center Principal Investigators' Meeting, Washington DC, July 18-19.
  • Maureen C McCann; Nickolas Anderson; Hui Wei; Haibing Yang; Mauricio S Antunes; Joseph Michael Cox; Peter Ciesielski; Jeong Im Kim; Nathan Mosier; Barron Hewetson; Mahdi Abu-Omar; Bryon Donohoe; Clint Chapple; Mike Himmel; Angus Murphy; Wendy Peer; Melvin Tucker (2013), "Tailoring biomass for its use in catalytic and hydropyrolytic conversion pathways," http://c3bio.org/resources/886.

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