EBI Personnel Directory Madhesan, Balakrishnan

Biomass Depolymerization

Balakrishnan Madhesan





Biomass Pretreatment & Chemical Synthesis of Transportation Fuels

Alexis Bell’s group at UC Berkeley will examine 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 recycle of ionic liquids makes them attractive alternatives to dilute acid or hydrothermolysis pretreatments for hydrolyzing lignocellulose biomass. Bell also proposes to study the use of ILs and biphasic water/IL systems as a reaction medium for converting sugars to fuel, rather than using water.