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Biofuels

Unraveling the Science Behind Biomass Breakdown
4 years ago

Unraveling the Science Behind Biomass Breakdown

By  •  4 years ago  •  Science

Lignocellulosic biomass—plant matter such as cornstalks, straw, and woody plants—is a sustainable source for production of bio-based fuels and chemicals. However, the deconstruction of biomass is one of the most …
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Titan Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest Barrier
4 years ago

Titan Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest Barrier

By  •  4 years ago  •  Science

To better understand lignin, a problematic molecule for next-generation biofuel production, a team from ORNL created one of the largest biomolecular simulations to date—a 23.7-million atom system representing pretreated biomass in the presence of enzymes.
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Biofuel Researchers Employ Titan to Probe ‘Lignin Shield’
4 years ago

Biofuel Researchers Employ Titan to Probe ‘Lignin Shield’

By  •  4 years ago  •  Science

A University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory research team is using Titan to gain a better understanding of why experimental biofuel pretreatments work—a measure that helps guide research into cost-effective cellulosic ethanol.
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Unlocking Lignin for Sustainable Biofuel
5 years ago

Unlocking Lignin for Sustainable Biofuel

By  •  5 years ago  •  Science

Turning trees, grass, and other biomass into fuel for automobiles and airplanes is a costly and complex process. A team of biofuel researchers from ORNL are working to change that.
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Boosting Bioenergy

By  •  7 years ago  •  Science

A team led by ORNL’s Jeremy Smith, the director of ORNL’s Center for Molecular Biophysics and a Governor’s Chair at the University of Tennessee, has uncovered information that could help others harvest energy from plant mass.
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The Problem with Cellulosic Ethanol

By  •  9 years ago  •  Science

Simulation provides a close-up look at the molecule that complicates next-generation biofuels

Lignin is very handy in many ways. In your diet it provides much of the fiber that keeps …
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