Wis. researchers use chemicals to unlock sugars from biomass

03/14/2010 | DomesticFuel.com

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found a way to extract sugar molecules from plant biomass using a combination of an ionic liquid and dilute acid, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The method, which can yield about the same amount of sugar from biomass as a more costly enzyme-based approach, could reduce the cost of cellulosic ethanol production, the researchers added.

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