The ability to produce low-cost fermentable sugar at large scale will enable the economic viability of advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals.
United Catalyst is developing process technology with the goal of producing low-cost fermentable sugar, glucose, from cellulosic biomass including agricultural waste, forestry residues and industrial process waste.
Our CHIPs act as artificial enzymes that, when mixed with cellulosic biomass at high temperatures, permits the efficient release and separation of glucose.
United Catalyst has developed CHIPs, Cellulose Hydrolyzing Imprinted Polymers, as artificial enzymes—chemical catalysts addressing the commercial weaknesses of traditionally used biological enzymes.
PATHWAY TO LOW-COST SUGAR
United Catalyst is working with a major oil and chemical company to further optimize our technology for use in cellulosic biofuel and bio-based chemical processing.
Other applications being developed include the conversion to sugar of cellulosic byproducts such as those found in wood pulping and similar industrial processes of agricultural products.
CELLULOSIC FIBER MODIFICATION
technology will also impact process economics in cases where cellulosic and hemicellulosic fibers are modified and/or eliminated. Examples include the processing of dissolving pulps for non-woven materials, and the
production of nano-crystalline cellulose.