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Stabilization and Upgrading of Bio-Oil Using Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation

Executive SummaryPyrolyzing biomass into bio-oil is one option to convert biomass into a useable, easily transported form with minimal inputs. However, pyrolysis-derived bio-oil contains hundreds of reactive organic compounds that are corrosive to container materials and prone to polymerization. Therefore, it is necessary to be able to rapidly convert...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Christopher Saffron, Dennis Miller, James Jackson, Zhenglong Li
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Biotechnology

Lignin Extraction Solvent and Process

Executive SummaryThis MSU technology was developed to remove lignin from woody biomass in order to simplify further downstream processing of the purified cellulose and hemicellulose. This innovation is particularly relevant to those in the sugar and biofuel industries who already utilize woody biomass and are seeking to either reduce operating costs...
Published: 6/4/2018   |   Inventor(s): Mikhail Redko, James Jackson, Christopher Saffron, Leo Lacivita
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Agricultural, Chemicals, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Low Cost Hydrogenation of Bio-oils

IntroductionThere is a strong need for reliable and efficient energy alternatives to non-renewable petroleum. One renewable alternative for energy is bio-oil derived by biomass pyrolysis. However, bio-oil is impractical because it is corrosive to containment materials, self-reactive, and prone to polymerization, making it unfit for use within existing...
Published: 5/16/2016   |   Inventor(s): Chun ho Lam, James Jackson, Christopher Saffron, Dennis Miller
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Energy, Environment

Recovery of Glycols from Aqueous Solutions

IntroductionGlycols, in particular ethylene glycol, are used as antifreeze in automobiles, are a main constituent of plastics such asf poly(ethylene terephthalate) or PET, polyesters, and polyurethanes. The combined utility of glycols represents a multibillion dollar market. These compounds are typically formed in multistep processes in dilute aqueous...
Published: 11/5/2015   |   Inventor(s): Shubham Chopade, Atulkumar Dhale, Christopher Kiesling, Angela Clark, James Jackson, Dennis Miller
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals

Condensed Phase Catalytic Hydrogenation of Lactic Acid to Propylene Glycol

IntroductionPropylene glycol is a nontoxic chemical used in polymers production, as a nontoxic antifreeze, and in food, drink, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical applications. Propylene glycol is currently made commercially by high pressure and high temperature hydrolysis of propylene oxide. Description of TechnologyMichigan State University’s invention...
Published: 9/21/2011   |   Inventor(s): Dennis Miller, Zhigang Zhang, James Jackson
Keywords(s): Biomass, Catalysis, Catalyst, Lactic Acid, Propylene Glycol Category(s): Chemicals, Materials

Catalysts and Process for Hydrogenolysis of Sugar Alcohols to Polyols

Description of TechnologyMetal-catalyzed cleavage of polyols (MCCP) is a novel technology for preparing low molecular weight polyols such as ethylene glycol and propylene glycol from high molecular weight polyols. Specifically, MCCP is a novel route for breaking apart these sugars (C6 and C5) using a metal-catalyzed, alkaline cleavage of sugar alcohols...
Published: 9/21/2011   |   Inventor(s): Shubham Chopade, Dennis Miller, James Jackson
Keywords(s): Bioplastic, Ethylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, PLA, Polyol, Propylene Glycol Category(s): Chemicals, Materials

Process for the Preparation of Lactic Acid and Glyceric Acid

Description of TechnologyMichigan State University’s invention is a process for making lactic and glyceric acid. Aqueous solutions of hexose and pentose sugars, typically glucose or fructose, are digested in the presence of strong anionic exchange resins that act as solid bases. Lactic and glyceric anions form but are bound to the ion exchange...
Published: 8/31/2011   |   Inventor(s): James Jackson, Dennis Miller, Simona Marincean
Keywords(s): Bioplastic, Ethylene Glycol, Glyceric Acid, Lactic Acid, PLA, Polyol, Propylene Glycol Category(s): Chemicals, Materials

High Yield Glycerol to Propylene Glycol Conversion Process

IntroductionThe increased production of biodiesel has resulted in a concomitant increased availability of glycerol, a byproduct of the production process. As a result the price of glycerol has experienced a sharp downward spiral. Challenges have confronted biodiesel producers who have pursued Glycerol conversion to the Propylene Glycol, a more desirable...