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Wisconsin researchers secure grant to produce isoprene via cellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

C5.6 Technologies and the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) were awarded the grant of $224,292 from National Science Foundation to continue work on developing bacteria that will ferment sugar into isoprene. This high-energy molecule can be used to make fuel for jets and other uses. WIST has patented a process to separate lignocellulosic feedstocks into three components: cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. The cellulose then can be converted to sugar. The WIST patent protects the production of isoprene from cellulose in a biorefinery. On-going research aims to optimize the production process and move it toward commercial viability. Besides its use…

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