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 convert lignocellulosic derivatives, such as glucose and fructose, to HMF by reacting the lignocellulosic derivatives with a metal organic framework.
For details about this technology, read published PCT Patent Application US2015/0066474 (Pub. No. WO2016106094).
STATUS: Published PCT Patent Application US2015/0066474 (Pub. No. WO2016106094). Available for licensing or collaborative research.
SEE RELATED TECHNOLOGIES IN THIS FIELD:
HMF Production via Enzymatic Conversion of Glucose and Fructose and the Use of ILs to Catalyze Fructose to HMF, 2014-136