Biomass processing: towards an integrated biorefinery
Symposium Organizer: Adelina Voutchkova, The George Washington University
The next generation of processes for biomass conversion will have to accommodate complex functionality present in the renewable biopolymers, provide high selectivity for products, and allow flexibility for types of feedstocks. The sustainability equation for renewables will be highly dependent on the ability to utilize all the components of agricultural and forestry waste materials, including lignocellulose, triglycerides and others. This session will highlight advances in the biomass processing field that allow depolymerization, (partial) defunctionalization and selective bond cleavage reactions. It will further seek to identify advances that are most relevant to the design of the so-called “Integrated Biorefinery”, which is designed to produce various combinations of renewable fuels, power, heat, steam, and chemicals from biomass. This emerging technology could provide new market opportunities for medical, forestry, agricultural, and fishing industries as we move toward a more sustainable biomass-based economy.