By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- A new study on Chemical Technology is now available. According to news reporting originating in Riverside, California, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Furfural is a natural precursor to furan-based chemicals and has the potential to become a major renewable platform chemical for the production of biochemicals and biofuels. However, current industrial furfural production relies on relatively old and inefficient strategies that have hindered its capacity, and low production yields have strongly diminished its competitiveness with petroleum-based alternatives in the global market."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of California, "This mini-review provides a critical analysis of past and current progress to enhance furfural production from lignocellulosic biomass. First, important chemical and fuel products derived from the catalytic conversion of furfural are outlined. We then discuss the importance of developing integrated production strategies to co-produce furfural with other valuable chemicals. Furfural formation and loss chemistries are explored to understand effective methods to improve furfural yields from pentosans."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Finally, selected relevant commercial and academic technologies that promise to improve lignocellulosic furfural production are discussed."
For more information on this research see: Integrated furfural production as a renewable fuel and chemical platform from lignocellulosic biomass. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 2014;89(1):2-10. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1097-4660)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C.M. Cai, University of California, Dept. of Chem & Environm Engn, Bourns Coll Engn, Riverside, CA 92521, United States. Additional authors for this research include T.Y. Zhang, R. Kumar and C.E. Wyman.
Keywords for this news article include: Energy, Riverside, Chemistry, Oil & Gas, California, United States, Renewable Fuel, Chemical Technology, North and Central America
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