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Production of chemicals and fuels from biomass

United States Patent

9,873,837
January 23, 2018
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Methods, reactor systems, and catalysts are provided for converting in a continuous process biomass to fuels and chemicals, including 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)
Virent, Inc. (Madison, WI)
14/ 968,344
20160096996
December 14, 2015
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.