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New catalyst boosts platform chemicals production from lignocellulosic feedstocks by 40% [Registered]

Chemical engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, using a catalytic fast pyrolysis process that transforms lignocellulosic feedstocks into petrochemicals, have developed a new catalyst that boosts the yield of five key “building blocks of the chemical industry” by 40% compared with previous methods. This sustainable production process, which holds the promise of being competitive and compatible with the current petroleum refinery infrastructure, has been tested and proven in a laboratory reactor. The research team leader is George Huber. The five platform chemicals their process can produce are benzene, toluene, and xylene, which are aromatics, and ethylene and propylene, which…

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