Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Chemical Products

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER86347
Agency Tracking Number: 85617
Amount: $99,927.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 13 c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, 24016
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pratik Shah
 (540) 552-5128
Business Contact
 Angela Keen
Title: Ms
Phone: (540) 552-5128
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech
 Foster Agblevov
 213 Seitz Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, 24061
 Nonprofit college or university
The global rise of oil prices in the past few years has resulted in parallel increases in the costs of practically every chemical and petroleum derived material: fuels, fine chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. New non-traditional and renewable feedstocks for these chemical processes need to be developed for both economic and environmental reasons. This project will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the thermochemical conversion of biomass to chemical products. The approach will build on previous work which demonstrated the highly-efficient conversion of inexpensive renewable lignin-based biomass to high value phenolic based chemicals. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new thermochemical process should be a general enabling technology to demonstrate the efficient conversion of biomass to useful high value products. Specifically, the prospect of biomass-produced phenolic materials has shown significant value to numerous markets including plastics, adhesives, and pharmaceutical industries. The phenol market alone is greater than 10 billion dollars. The broader benefits include a reduction in the U.S. dependence on non-renewable petroleum, and the production of materials that have a reduced environmental impact

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