Co-product Strategy to Enable Production of C5-Platform of Bioproducts from Agricultural Biomass

March 24, 2017

Co-product Strategy to Enable Production of C5-Platform of Bioproducts from Agricultural Biomass

Presenter: Jagannadh Satyavolu, PhD
Conn Center for Renewable Energy - University of Louisville

BBE Seminar Presentation
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3pm
Kaufert Laboratory, Room 302

This event is free and open to the public.
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Seminar Abstract by Dr. Satyavolu:
Integrated bio-refinery concepts are developed with the ultimate goal of reducing the cost of biofuels. This integrated concept allows for logistic success through an efficient co-product utilization strategy that creates multiple product streams from one source. Hemicellulose based sugars (e.g., xylose and arabinose) can be a platform for synthesis of a variety of chemicals and fuels currently derived from petroleum. Pentoses were identified by the US Department of Energy as among the top candidates of valuable chemical precursors that could be produced from biomass. Conn Center at University of Louisville has developed and demonstrated an integrated C5-based biorefinery concept. In this concept, we start with hemicellulose rich biomass (e.g., corn fiber from dried distillers grains - DDG) and selectively extract and isolate D-xylose to obtain a pure starting monosaccharide. The xylose can then be converted via chemical synthesis routes to a C5-platform of bioproducts such as high energy density biofuels and bioplastics. The residual fibers after hydrolysis of certain agricultural biomass can be used for feed application. Conn Center is also working on the production of carbon products as another value added co-product made from the residual fibers. Conn Center’s work on the integrated C5-based biorefinery and the associated co-products will be discussed during this presentation..

Biography of Dr. Satyavolu:

Dr. Satyavolu’s work at the Conn Center is to develop technologies and promote business and commercial relationships among biomass producers and biofuel producers in such a way that the cost of biofuel production is comparable to costs from synthetic sources. He identifies the most suitable biomasses and develops integrated processes to produce C5-platform of biofuels and biochemical intermediates.

This event is free and open to the public.
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