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Production of Biofuels from Cellulose and Corn Stover Using Alkylphenol Solvents

Authors

  • Dr. David Martin Alonso,

    1. Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-262-5434
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  • Dr. Stephanie G. Wettstein,

    1. Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-262-5434
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  • Dr. Jesse Q. Bond,

    1. Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-262-5434
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  • Prof. Thatcher W. Root,

    1. Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-262-5434
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  • Prof. James A. Dumesic

    Corresponding author
    1. Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-262-5434
    • Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-262-5434
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Abstract

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Alkylphenol solvents allow a more effective production of biofuels from corn stover by enabling selective extraction and hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone, and by increasing the final concentration of GVL through successive extraction/hydrogenation steps. The versatility of alkylphenol solvents may lead to their use in other biomass conversion processes utilizing mineral acids for biomass deconstruction.

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