Chemical and Biological Engineering, NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Research Focus Area
Advanced and Nanostructured Materials, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
Journal or Book Title
Chinese Journal of Catalysis
The production of chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass provides opportunities to synthesize chemicals with new functionalities and grow a more sustainable chemical industry. However, new challenges emerge as research transitions from petrochemistry to biorenewable chemistry. Compared to petrochemisty, the selective conversion of biomass-derived carbohydrates requires most catalytic reactions to take place at low temperatures (< 300 °C) and in the condensed phase to prevent reactants and products from degrading. The stability of heterogeneous catalysts in liquid water above the normal boiling point represents one of the major challenges to overcome. Herein, we review some of the latest advances in the field with an emphasis on the role of carbon materials and carbon nanohybrids in addressing this challenge.
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Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Matthiesen, John; Hoff, Thomas; Liu, Chi; Pueschel, Charles; Rao, Radhika; and Tessonnier, Jean-Philippe, "Functional carbons and carbon nanohybrids for the catalytic conversion of biomass to renewable chemicals in the condensed phase" (2014). Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications. 329.