A New Model for Creating and Commercialising Biochemicals from Biomass?
(Biofuels International) With the price for crude oil at less than $50 a barrel, Iowa State University’s National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is proposing a new model for creating, applying and commercialising chemicals made from corn stalks, wood chips and other sources of biomass.
The researcher’s new model, based on nine years of research, calls for identifying “bioprivelelged molecules” that offer unique properties and could lead to new products.
CBiRC’s Brent Shanks and Peter Keeling introduced the new model in a recent perspectives article, “Bioprivileged molecules: creating value from biomass,” published by the journal Green Chemistry.
“Bioprivileged molecules by their origin from biological-derived molecules and concomitant plethora of functionalities have the potential to greatly expand the bioproduct horizon beyond the scope of petrochemicals,” Shanks and Keeling wrote in their paper.
“What we’re talking about is novel molecules with new properties,” Keeling said. “These molecules haven’t been thought about because they weren’t possible from petrochemicals. But there could be great value in this novelty.” READ MORE