Bio-based chemicals from biorefining: carbohydrate conversion and utilisation

K. Wilson*, A.F. Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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The quest for sustainable sources of fuels and chemicals to meet the demands of a rapidly rising global population represents one of this century's grand challenges. Biomass offers the most readily implemented, and low cost, solution for transportation fuels, and the only non-petroleum route to organic molecules for the manufacture of bulk, fine and speciality chemicals and polymers. Chemical processing of such biomass-derived building blocks requires catalysts compatible with hydrophilic, bulky substrates to facilitate the selective deoxygenation of highly functional bio-molecules to their target products. This chapter addresses the challenges associated with carbohydrate utilisation as a sustainable feedstock, highlighting innovations in catalyst and process design that are needed to deliver high-value chemicals from biomass-derived building blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in biorefineries
Subtitle of host publicationbiomass and waste supply chain exploitation
EditorsKeith W. Waldron
Place of PublicationWaltham, MA (US)
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-85709-738-5
ISBN (Print)978-0-85709-521-3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameWoodhead publishing series in energy


  • Biofuels
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Lignocellulose
  • Platform chemicals
  • Porous materials


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