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One-Pot to Prep Biomass for Biofuels

Blake Simmons and Seema Singh of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) led the first demonstration of a one-pot, wash-free, process for the ionic liquid pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass, one of the leading biofuel feedstock candidates. By combining pretreatment and saccharification into a single vessel, the excessive water use and waste disposal currently associated with washing ionic liquid pretreated biomass is eliminated. Also working on this study were Jian Shi, John Gladden, Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh, Pavan Kambam, Lucas Sandoval, Debjani Mitra, Sonny Zhang, Anthe George and Steven Singer. More>

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