C2013-39 – Catalytic Hydrolysis and Dehydration of Saccharides

Technology # 13-39 Invention/Technology regarding Converting Biomass t Bio-Fuels Bio fuel derived from biomass is one of the leading renewable energy candidates to replace fossil fuel. The carbon footprint for bio fuels is zero, because the carbon that is present in the bio fuel was originally taken from the atmosphere by plants. Replacing fossil fuels with bio fuels will lower the carbon content of the atmosphere, and will reduce dependence on non-renewable energy supplies. HMF (5- hydroxymethlfurfural) is a critical intermediate product for converting biomass to liquid alkanes, which are hydrocarbons such as methane, propane, butane and octane.However, the current production of HMF is hampered by inefficient and costly processes, often involving the use of toxic materials that are themselves environmental hazards. The invention/technology is available for licensing. For interested parties seeking further information, feel free to contact: Mark Allen Lanoue Technology Manager / Tech Ventures University of Arkansas (479) 575-7243 malanoue@uark.edu Technology Ventures ventures@uark.edu 479-575-7243

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