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INORGANIC NANOPOROUS MEMBRANES FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE PRETREATMENT OF LIGNOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS

United States Patent Application

20140263034
A1
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An inorganic membrane element and a pretreatment process are provided. The inorganic membrane element includes a tubular structure having an inner separating layer, an outer supporting layer, and at least one intermediate layer interposed between the separating and supporting layers, where the separating layer is nanoporous to selectively retain solutes while permitting the transfer of high-temperature solvents therethrough. The pretreatment process utilizes the inorganic membrane element to provide solubilized organics in concentrated form for the subsequent conversion into bio-fuels and other chemicals.
Bhave, Ramesh R. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge TN)
14/ 354,217
October 30, 2012
[0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.