Avocado Furan: Natural Insecticide

Extraced from 'Avos': Avocadofurans are new nontoxic insecticides which would be effective against common crop insect pest.

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New energy-rich sorghum

".. a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers" DalinYebo's insight: Some of the sweet sorghum varieties are also a great feedstock for furfural production: See dalinyebo.com/sorghum "From Africa: An Ideal Feedstock For The Global Biorefineries." Source: http://www.theguardian.com, via on Scoop.it…Read more New energy-rich sorghum

Carbon-Carbon Coupling Reactions of Furan and Furfural (liquid transportation fuels)

Abstract: Upgrading of furan and small oxygenates obtained from the decomposition of cellulosic materials via formation of carbon-carbon bonds is critical to effective conversion of biomass to liquid transportation fuels. Simulation-driven molecular level understanding of carbon-carbon bond formation is required to design efficient catalysts and processes. Accurate quantum chemical methods are utilized here to predict…Read more Carbon-Carbon Coupling Reactions of Furan and Furfural (liquid transportation fuels)

Biochemical Conversion of Biomass

Biochemical conversion of biomass involves use of bacteria, microorganisms and enzymes to breakdown biomass into gaseous or liquid fuels, such as biogas or bioethanol.  The most popular biochemical technologies are anaerobic digestion (or biomethanation) and fermentation. Anaerobic digestion is ... DalinYebo's insight: Why not be smarter? (A) The biomass pretreatment does not have to be…Read more Biochemical Conversion of Biomass

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

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

Lignocellulosic Biomass into a Jet Fuel

A key challenge in the biofuels landscape is to get more advanced biofuels—fuels other than corn ethanol and vegetable oil-based biodiesel—into the transportation pool. DalinYebo's insight: Furfural has a ±20% higher BTU content than Ethanol! It is a rocket fuel. (dalinyebo.com/biofuels). See on http://www.azocleantech.com, via Scoop.it - Furfural and its many By-products    

Bioenergy Crops Could Become Invasive Species

While some crops could hold great potential as bioenergy sources, they could also pose a threat as an invasive species. A new study in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management says that a ... DalinYebo's insight: This also applies for Africa! That is why DalinYebo works with African plant breeders and farmers, in order…Read more Bioenergy Crops Could Become Invasive Species