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Novel cellulose structure to lower feedstock costs

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) are investigating the unique properties of crystalline cellulose nanofibers to develop novel chemical pretreatments and designer enzymes for biofuel production from cellulosic—or non-food—plant derived biomass.Novel biomass pretreatments can convert cellulose to a unique crystalline structure called cellulose III that reduces native enzyme binding while increasing sugar yields by as much as five times.

 

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Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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