Lignocellulosic biomass consists of three primary chemical fractions: cellulose, a glucose polymer, hemicellulose, predominantly pentose containing sugar polymer, and lignin, a complex polyphenol. In a LCF biorefinery, the fractions are separated and processed to desired spectrum of products.
Currently, our research is specifically focused on the development of technologies related to the conversion of
- Cellulose to 5-HMF and levulinic acid catalyzed by Brønsted and Lewis acids
- Hemicellulose pentoses to furfural by acid catalyzed reactions and further to furfural based monomers and value-added chemicals
- Lignin to short chain polymers with active hydroxyl groups as well as to BTX by solvolysis.
Prof. Juha Tanskanen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr (Tech) Juha Ahola, email@example.com
Last updated: 19.3.2014