Chemistry of Clean Energy Conversion, Storage, and Production

Homogeneous Catalysis Methodologies for the Upgrading of Biomass Derived Molecules (#301)

Symposium Name:

Title: Homogeneous Catalysis Methodologies for the Upgrading of Biomass-Derived Molecules (Symposium 301)

Scientific Subject Area:

Topic Area 9: Chemistry of Clean Energy Conversion, Storage, and Production

Co-Organizers:

John Gordon (ACS US)

R. Tom Baker (CSC CAN)

Takao Ikariya (CSJ JP)

Focus and Content of Symposium:

Sustainable and renewable alternatives to petroleum are needed to fill future gaps in the supply of transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks. The conversion of crude oil into fuels and synthetic feedstocks has been investigated for more than a century, resulting in an enormous body of knowledge and thus a detailed understanding of the processes required to effect these transformations.1 In contrast, there is limited scientific knowledge on how to catalytically convert biomass-derived molecules into fuels and value-added chemicals. This symposium will specifically focus on homogenous catalysis approaches (including metal-based and organocatalyzed processes, as well as enzymatic and bio-inspired routes) designed to effect the upgrading of biomass derived molecules into fuels and chemical feedstocks.

1. M. Schlaf Dalton Trans., 2006, 4645.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015