Energy Department Funds Biomaterials | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 42 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 20, 2014

Energy Department Funds Biomaterials

Department: Business
Keywords: biobased materials, lactic acid, muconic acid, solvents

The Department of Energy has pledged up to $13.4 million to five organizations seeking to convert biomass into useful materials. NatureWorks and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will get up to $2.5 million apiece to develop routes that convert biogas into lactic acid and muconic acid, respectively. American Process will receive up to $3.1 million for work on upgrading cellulosic sugars into solvents. The University of Wisconsin, Madison, will get up to $3.3 million toward a process that produces plasticizers and other chemicals from biomass. And Vertimass will get up to $2.0 million to commercialize the conversion of ethanol into transportation fuels.

 
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