Volume 94 Issue 37 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 19, 2016 | Web Date: September 18, 2016

MOF traps molecules that gum up bioethanol production

Material selectively separates furanics from sugar solutions
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: biofuels, bioethanol, ethanol, MOF, metal organic framework

A porous metal-organic framework sorbent could boost the efficiency of ethanol production from cellulosic biomass by trapping compounds that inhibit fermentation, according to a study (Chem. Commun. 2016, DOI: 10.1039/c6cc05864g).

Woody plants and grasses hold enormous supplies of cellulose, from which ethanol can be produced via fermentation of sugars extracted from the plant materials. This route to ethanol production currently generates hundreds of millions of liters of . . .

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