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New Biotechnology Findings from Washington University Outlined (Advances in solid-state NMR of cellulose)

July 30, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Research findings on Technology are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting from St. Louis, Missouri, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, "Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a well-established analytical and enabling technology in biofuel research."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Washington University, "Over the past few decades, lignocellulosic biomass and its conversion to supplement or displace non-renewable feedstocks has attracted increasing interest. The application of solid-state NMR spectroscopy has long been seen as an important tool in the study of cellulose and lignocellulose structure, biosynthesis, and deconstruction, especially considering the limited number of effective solvent systems and the significance of plant cell wall three-dimensional microstructure and component interaction to conversion yield and rate profiles."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This article reviews common and recent applications of solid-state NMR spectroscopy methods that provide insight into the structural and dynamic processes of cellulose that control bulk properties and biofuel conversion."

For more information on this research see: Advances in solid-state NMR of cellulose. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2014;27():176-184. Current Opinion in Biotechnology can be contacted at: Current Biology Ltd, 84 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8RR, England. (Elsevier -; Current Opinion in Biotechnology -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Foston, Washington University, Dept. of Energy Environm & Chem Engn, St Louis, MO 63130, United States (see also Technology).

Keywords for this news article include: St. Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America, Bioengineering, Biofuel, Biotechnology, Energy, Oil and Gas

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Source: Biotech Week

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