Production of biofuels from cellulose and corn stover using alkylphenol solvents

David Martin Alonso, Stephanie G. Wettstein, Jesse Q. Bond, Thatcher W. Root, James A. Dumesic

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Alkylphenol solvents allow a more effective production of biofuels from corn stover by enabling selective extraction and hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone, and by increasing the final concentration of GVL through successive extraction/hydrogenation steps. The versatility of alkylphenol solvents may lead to their use in other biomass conversion processes utilizing mineral acids for biomass deconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1078-1081
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 22 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • alkylphenol
  • biomass
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • renewable resources
  • ruthenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Energy


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