Synthesis of catalytic biomass-to-fuels strategies

S. Murat Sen, Jeehoon Han, Jeremy S. Luterbacher, David Martin Alonso, James A. Dumesic, Christos T. Maravelias

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Conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to valuable intermediates is a critical step to develop effective biomass-to-fuels strategies. In this respect, we synthesize integrated strategies that convert lignocellulosic biomass into liquid fuels via production of platform chemicals such as levulinic acid and fermentable sugars. To generate the integrated strategies, we develop separation subsystems to achieve experimentally optimized feed concentrations for the catalytic conversion steps. Using process simulation models based on experimental results, we assessed the economic potential of these strategies. The results suggest that our integrated strategies can be competitive alternatives to current lignocellulosic biofuel production approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Biofuels
  • Heat integration
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Process design


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