Chapter 5: Catalysis's Role in Bioproducts Update

Kimberly Magrini, Derek Vardon, Gregg Beckham

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The goal for catalyst development, both homogeneous and heterogeneous, using bio-based feedstocks is designing new and robust materials for the dehydration, decarboxylation, decarbonylation, hydrogenolysis, esterification, and ketonization reactions that are required for converting these renewable, generally oxygenated feedstocks to desirable and renewable products. This chapter summarizes the work done on developing bio-based products in the last decade using the seminal US Department of Energy report on the top twelve bio-based chemicals as a starting point to assess catalyst improvement, novel process options, commercialization potential, and market penetration when possible.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCommercializing Biobased Products: Opportunities, Challenges, Benefits, and Risks
Subtitle of host publicationRSC Green Chemistry: 43
EditorsSeth W. Snyder
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781782620396, 9781782621133, 9781782621409, 9781782623175, 9781782624677, 9781849738163, 9781849739597, 9781849739764, 9781849739795
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameRSC Green Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1757-7039
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7047

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5100-63373


  • catalyst improvement
  • commercialization potential
  • market penetration
  • novel process options


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