Chemistry of Clean Energy Conversion, Storage, and Production

Progress Toward a Lignocellulosic Biorefinery (#144)

Over the past decade, significant progress has been made toward the goal of utilizing woody or lignocellulosic biomass in the production of fuels, chemicals and biobased materials. Advances in plant breeding and genetics, as well as new pretreatment and conversion technologies tailored to specific feedstocks, have created new opportunities upon which to base the biorefinery of the future. This Symposium will feature discussion of new functionalities incorporated into woody feedstocks that will enhance conversion rates and yield, new pretreatments that exploit specific feedstock attributes, advanced enzyme systems capable of simultaneous digestion of the cellulose and hemicellulose components of wood, plus new chemical and biological processes that efficiently convert sugars and lignin into value-added products. Some emphasis will also be placed on the concept of energy and environmental lifecycle analysis as it applies to integrated systems of feedstock production through the final portfolio of products generated in the biorefinery.

This symposium will be organized onto three topic areas: (1) Woody biomass feedstocks engineered for ease of cell wall deconstruction, (2) Pretreatments and processes for biomass conversion to sugars, chemicals and renewable materials and, (3) New bioproducts from woody biomass.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015