Campus Units

Chemical and Biological Engineering, NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Document Type

Article

Research Focus Area

Renewable Energy

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

12-16-2020

Journal or Book Title

Industrial Biotechnology

Volume

16

Issue

6

First Page

321

Last Page

332

DOI

10.1089/ind.2020.29230.nda

Abstract

Industrial biotechnology is poised for dramatic growth. A confluence of consumer demand; attractive feedstock quantity, quality, and price; and technical innovation has created a perfect situation for the industry to significantly expand. Since the 2004 Werpy and Peterson paper, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass,” the biobased manufacturing industry and the technologies that make these processes and products possible has evolved significantly.1 New technology continues to advance, and there is increasing consumer and industry demand for biobased materials. Paired with increasing on-farm efficiency and sustainability considerations, these are all factors that are driving the bioeconomy forward. This paper reviews these factors and illustrates where the technology can head, identifying opportunities for utilizing corn-based sugars as a feedstock for near-term, high-impact products in the biorenewable space. Furthermore, this paper suggests what policies should be considered to move the industry towards the future.

Comments

This article is published as Danielson, Nathan, Sarah McKay, Paul Bloom, Jennifer Dunn, Neal Jakel, Timothy Bauer, John Hannon, Michael C. Jewett, and Brent Shanks. "Industrial Biotechnology—An Industry at an Inflection Point." Industrial Biotechnology 16, no. 6 (2020): 321-332. DOI: 10.1089/ind.2020.29230.nda. Posted with permission.

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Copyright Owner

Nathan Danielson et al.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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