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PRODUCTION OF CHEMICALS AND FUELS FROM BIOMASS

United States Patent Application

20160096996
A1
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The present invention provides methods, reactor systems, and catalysts for converting in a continuous process biomass to fuels and chemicals. The invention includes methods of converting the water insoluble components of biomass, such as hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin, to volatile C.sub.2+O.sub.1-2 oxygenates, such as alcohols, ketones, cyclic ethers, esters, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, and mixtures thereof. In certain applications, the volatile C.sub.2+O.sub.1-2 oxygenates can be collected and used as a final chemical product, or used in downstream processes to produce liquid fuels, chemicals and other products.
Qiao, Ming (Pewaukee, WI), Woods, Elizabeth (Middleton, WI), Myren, Paul (Madison, WI), Cortright, Randy (Madison, WI), Kania, John (Madison, WI)
14/ 968,344
December 14, 2015
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under an award provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Award No. DE-EE0003044. The government has certain rights in the invention.