Biobased Chemicals

The biobased industry is addressing our environmentally and socioeconomically unsustainable dependence on petroleum feedstocks in all market fronts. Researchers and firms are working quickly to create biofuels for all modes of transport, and are now beginning to emphasize and even commercialize bio-derived drop-in replacements and alternatives for chemicals on which nearly every industry depends.

An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: A Report to the Congress of the USA
This 2015 report by Golden, J.S., Handfield, R.B., Daystar, J. and, T.E. McConnell is a joint publication of the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University. 

An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: A Report to the Congress of the USA
An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: A Report to the Congress of the United States of America. A Joint Publication of the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University. 
An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: A Report to the Congress of the USA
An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: A Report to the Congress of the United States of America. A Joint Publication of the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University. 

Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass—Volume I: Results of Screening for Potential Candidates from Sugars and Synthesis Gas
This 2004 report published by the U.S. Dept. of Energy identifies the 12 biobased chemicals that could be produced from biomaterials and serve as building blocks for the creation of various useful molecules.

Biobased chemicals—the convergence of green chemistry with industrial biotechnology
An overview of the potential barriers and drivers of biobased chemical development.

Biobased Chemicals – Value Added Products from Biorefineries
Addresses the main biobased chemicals that could be co-produced in integrated biorefinery facilities, market growth projections, and economic benefits. Report produced in 2012 on behalf of IEA Bioenergy - Task42 Biorefinery.

Lignin-based bio-oil mimic as biobased resin for composite applications
This study is an example of the generation of a lignin-based bio-oil mimic without the need of extensive and costly separations.

Visible Progress in Commercialization of Advanced Biofuels, Biobased Products, and Renewable Chemicals
In this presentation, produced in 2013 by Biotechnology Industry Organization, showcases commercial facilities development from leading industrial biotechnology companies.

Environmental Comparison of Biobased Chemicals from Glutamic Acid with their Petrochemical Equivalents
A life cycle analysis comparing four biobased and petrochemical products, demonstrating biotechnological processes based on sugar as well as amino acids.

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Miscanthus giganteus

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