Levulinic Acid from Cow Dung

Levulinic acid is a platform chemical with significant potential to substitute petroleum-based products in the chemical and fuel sectors. Agricultural waste, cow dung, was used as feedstock for the production of a high value–added chemical levulinic acid (LA) in dilute acid aqueous solutions. Researchers from “Agro-Environmental Protection Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences” developed a…Read more Levulinic Acid from Cow Dung

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California won’t list furfuryl alcohol under Prop 65

California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced it will not list furfuryl alcohol, also known as 2-furanmethanol, as a chemical known to the State to cause cancer under Proposition 65 [1]. The substance is formed in foods during thermal processing and as a result of the dehydration of sugars,…Read more California won’t list furfuryl alcohol under Prop 65

Bioeconomy: $369bn and 4 Million Jobs Added to US Economy in 2013

Each job in the US bioeconomy adds 1.64 jobs in adjacent sectors. An economic impact analysis of the US biobased products industry showed that in 2013 4 million jobs and  US$369bn were added to US economy. In Africa, we can expect an even higher job creation rate (See: GreenEnergyPark™ biorefinery). The following report was obtained…Read more Bioeconomy: $369bn and 4 Million Jobs Added to US Economy in 2013

Levulinic Acid from Furfuryl Alcohol in THF Solvent Systems

American and Brazilian Researchers observed a reduction of the  furfuryl alcohol polymerization reactions, when using a zeolite to hydrolyse furfuryl alcohol in THF (a furfural by-product) , thus increasing the yields over 70%. Two extracts from their report explain the importance of their work: Levulinic acid can be produced from the cellulose fraction (C6 sugars)…Read more Levulinic Acid from Furfuryl Alcohol in THF Solvent Systems

Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel

Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products such as lacquers and enamels, but it might also play a substantial role in the production of renewable fuels. Gallon for gallon, it has 30 percent more energy than ethanol and only around 4 percent less energy than a gallon of petroleum-based gasoline. DalinYebo's insight: Great alternative…Read more Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel

CO2-based chemicals business case

The potential to use greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) as a feedstock for producing new materials is a hot topic currently and could help to develop a true circular economy. ... DalinYebo's insight: Direct production of chemicals through the transformation of CO2: Great ideas! See on suschem.blogspot.com, via See on Scoop.it - Biorenewable Chemicals &…Read more CO2-based chemicals business case

Bio-based Chemicals Getting Unexpected Boost from Shale Gas Boom

Bio (plant)-based chemicals are the unexpected beneficiaries of the North American shale gas boom .. Sugars, glycerin and other plant-derived feedstocks are emerging as economically competitive starting materials for a range of commodity chemicals, in part, because of tight supplies of conventional feedstocks such as propylene, isobutylene, butadiene and isoprene. DalinYebo's insight: Bio-renewables can replace…Read more Bio-based Chemicals Getting Unexpected Boost from Shale Gas Boom

Efficient Solid Acid Catalyst for the Production of Furfurals

Self-assembled nanoparticulates of porous sulfonated carbonaceous TiO2 material that contain Brønsted and Lewis acidic sites were prepared by a one-pot synthesis method. The carbonaceous heterogeneous catalyst (Glu-TsOH-Ti) with a Brønsted-to-Lewis acid density ratio of 1.2 and more accessible acid sites was effective to produce 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and furfural from biomass-derived mono- and disaccharides and xylose in…Read more Efficient Solid Acid Catalyst for the Production of Furfurals

Molybdenum Carbide: Deoxygenation Catalyst for Converting Furfural to 2-Methylfuran

Selectively cleaving the CO bond outside the furan ring of furfural is crucial for converting this important biomass-derived molecule to value-added fuels such as 2-methylfuran. In this work, a combination of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, surface science studies, and reactor evaluation identified molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural…Read more Molybdenum Carbide: Deoxygenation Catalyst for Converting Furfural to 2-Methylfuran