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MULTI-LIGAND METAL COMPLEXES AND METHODS OF USING SAME TO PERFORM OXIDATIVE CATALYTIC PRETREATMENT OF LIGNOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS

United States Patent Application

20150352540
A1
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A homogeneous catalyst is provided comprising one or more metals; and at least two metal coordinating ligands wherein the homogeneous catalyst is a multi-ligand metal complex_adapted for use with an oxidant in an oxidation reaction to catalytically pretreat lignocellulosic biomass. In one embodiment, the homogenous catalyst is copper (II) 2,2' bipyridine ethylenediamine (Cu(bpy)en). Related methods are also disclosed.
Hodge, David B. (East Lansing, MI), Hegg, Eric L. (East Lansing, MI), Li, Zhenglun (Lansing, MI), Mathrubootham, Vaidyanathan (Cary, NC), Bhalla, Aditya (Lansing, MI), Bansal, Namita (Lansing, MI)
14/ 729,756
June 3, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under DE-FC02-07ER64494 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.