APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY:
- Biobased fuel and chemical production
The production of fuels and chemicals from lignocellulose-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) is important to the biobased fuel and chemical industry because HMF can be further converted to C9-C15 alkanes, 2,5-dimethylfuran, ethyl levulinate, 5-(alkoxymethyl)furfurals, and 2,5-bis(alkoxymethyl)furans.
Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed a technology to process a lignocellulosic derivative by converting fructose to HMF by introducing an ionic liquid to fructose. The method may further include, prior to converting the fructose to HMF, enzymatically converting glucose to the fructose.
For details about this technology, read published U. S. Patent Application 14/970,965 (Pub. No. US 2016/0176838).
STATUS: Published U. S. Patent Application 14/970,965 (Pub. No. US 2016/0176838). Available for licensing or collaborative research.
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