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Description

The overall goal of this project is to establish a strategy of high-value coproduct to enable cost- competitive biofuels and chemicals from a biorefinery of lignocellulosic biomass. Many technology pathways can be used to produce biofuels such as bioethanol and drop-in hydrocarbon biofuels, but they all would require the value-added coproducts to enhance the economics of biofuels in the near-term. Such pathways capitalize on revenue from coproducts as part of a strategy for producing cost-competitive biofuels. Here we aim to investigate and establish an integrated chemical and biological pathway to co-produce high-value coproducts from undervalued lignin streams in the biofuel production processes from drupe endocarp biomass. Specifically, we will develop a novel lignin-silicon (Lig-Si) based electrode materials with high capacity, durable, and low-cost for lithium-ion batteries. We will define and characterize lignin in drupe endocarp tissues in spatially diverse regions and in different genotypes of target crops (peach and walnut). We will also develop a novel deep eutectic solvent (DES) based conversion process to fractionate lignin and cellulose portion from the endocarp biomass and subsequently convert the lignin streams for energy storage applications.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date5/1/184/30/23

Funding

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture: $500,000.00

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