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Biomass shock pretreatment

United States Patent

July 1, 2014
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Methods and apparatus for treating biomass that may include introducing a biomass to a chamber; exposing the biomass in the chamber to a shock event to produce a shocked biomass; and transferring the shocked biomass from the chamber. In some aspects, the method may include pretreating the biomass with a chemical before introducing the biomass to the chamber and/or after transferring shocked biomass from the chamber.
Holtzapple; Mark T. (College Station, TX), Madison; Maxine Jones (Houston, TX), Ramirez; Rocio Sierra (Bogota, CO), Deimund; Mark A (Oklahoma City, OK), Falls; Matthew (Whippany, NJ), Dunkleman; John J. (Somerville, TX)
The Texas A & M University System (College Station, TX)
13/ 433,089
March 28, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under DOE A1380 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.