International Sugar Journal

## Converting lignin into plastics in one-step process [Registered]

Untangling the complex chains of lignin polymers into components, which can be useful plastics, has presented an ongoing challenge to science and industry. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have devised a new method to process lignin into useful components.

## Plasma catalysis process facilitates conversion of CO2 and CH4 into fuels and chemicals [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals.

## Iowa State University and Chevron partner to develop cellulosic biofuels technology [Registered]

The project’s aim is to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils.

## New catalyst found to be effective in converting ethanol to butanol [Registered]

Butanol is acknowledged to be much better than ethanol as an alternative to gasoline as It yields more energy, is less volatile, and does not cause damage to engines.