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METHODS FOR PRODUCING AND USING DENSIFIED BIOMASS PRODUCTS CONTAINING PRETREATED BIOMASS FIBERS

United States Patent Application

*** PATENT GRANTED ***
20130280762
9,039,792
A1
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A process is provided comprising subjecting a quantity of plant biomass fibers to a pretreatment to cause at least a portion of lignin contained within each fiber to move to an outer surface of said fiber, wherein a quantity of pretreated tacky plant biomass fibers is produced; and densifying the quantity of pretreated tacky plant biomass fibers to produce one or more densified biomass particulates, wherein said biomass fibers are densified without using added binder.
DALE, BRUCE E. (Mason, MI), Ritchie, Bryan (Okemos, MI), Marshall, Derek (East Lansing, MI)
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (East Lansing MI)
13/ 835,766
March 15, 2013
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with Government support by the US Department of Energy Sungrant Research Project Award No. DE-FG36-08-GO88073. The Government has certain rights in the invention.