ChemCatBio Webinar Series

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February 19, 2020 12:00PM to 12:45PM MST

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. MDT, join the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for a webinar titled, “Addressing Unique Catalyst Deactivation Challenges for Converting Biomass-Derived Feedstocks.”

Catalyst lifetime has a significant impact on the economics of biomass conversion processes. It is often challenging to develop robust and stable catalysts for bioenergy applications due to the unique qualities of biomass (e.g., high oxygen content, high moisture content, and highly reactive functional groups). Thus, catalyst deactivation requires significant attention in biomass conversion research and development (R&D), especially given that most of the current knowledge on this topic stems primarily from petroleum-based conversion technologies. Catalysis R&D within ChemCatBio addresses this knowledge gap and attempts to improve catalyst lifetime for biomass conversion.

In this presentation, investigator Huamin Wang from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will present an overview of the unique properties of biomass-derived intermediates that could cause catalyst deactivation issues and possible mitigation approaches.  Examples of previous and current ChemCatBio R&D efforts showing how these issues are addressed will be discussed.

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