EBI Personnel Directory Louie, Ying Lin

Biomass Depolymerization

Ying Lin Louie





Biomass Pretreatment & Chemical Synthesis of Transportation Fuels

This group is examining ionic liquids (ILs) and ionic liquid/co-solvents for their ability to dissolve the cellulosic components of lignocellulosic biomass. The mild conditions employed and the possibility of recovery and recycling of ionic liquids makes them attractive alternatives to dilute acid or hydrothermolysis pretreatments for hydrolyzing lignocellulose biomass. The use of ILs and biphasic water/IL systems as a reaction medium for converting sugars to fuel, rather than using water, is also being studied.