August 11, 2008
The main challenge to using cellulosic
biomass -- agricultural waste, wood, etc. -- to make biofuels is coming
up with efficient ways to break down cellulose. A new approach sidesteps
the problem and converts cellulose directly to a biofuel precursor.
The simple chemical process yields 5-chloromethylfurfural,
which can be mixed with ethanol or hydrogen to produce biofuels.
High-Yield Conversion of Cellulose into Biofuel
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, published online August
Bioenergy Research Group,
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