Biobased Chemicals: Beyond Drop-In Replacements (Invited Presenters Only)
Session Organizers: Nicole Fitzgerald, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy; Jeffrey Cafmeyer, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle
For biobased chemicals to successfully move beyond the drop-in replacement model, discovery and utilization of the inherent properties of biomass is necessary. For the most effective implementation, a new understanding or expanded set of structure-property relationships representing these complex structures would be desirable to predict and tailor properties. In practicality, however, discovery of a unique feature or slight property improvement may be all that is necessary to provide a compelling differentiation from an incumbent product. Researchers, both academic and industrial, wrestle with the challenges to identify these features and commercialize novel biobased chemicals. This symposium will focus on the challenge of identifying novel, biobased chemicals from multiple perspectives, including academic, national lab, and industrial researchers.