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Production of chemicals and fuels from biomass

United States Patent

December 15, 2015
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Described are methods, reactor systems, and catalysts for converting biomass to fuels and chemicals in a batch and/or continuous process. The process generally involves the conversion of 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.
Woods; Elizabeth M. (Middleton, WI), Qiao; Ming (Pewaukee, WI), Myren; Paul (Madison, WI), Cortright; Randy D. (Madison, WI), Kania; John (Madison, WI)
Virent, Inc. (Madison, WI)
13/ 479,004
May 23, 2012
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT 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.