Green Commodity Chemicals
Research Project , 2020 – 2024

The project targets increased knowledge about catalytic valorisation of low-cost biomass into green commodity chemicals to support a sustainable production of a wide range of more complex chemicals and materials. Production of bulk commodities ensure flexible use as drop-in chemicals. Thus, the commercial risks are low and the potential to contribute to resource efficiency and a renewable energy system is high. The basic idea is to seize the complexity in the naturally occurring five-membered ring aromatics in hemicellulose and valorise these to six-membered ring aromatics through formation of new carbon-carbon bonds in a Diels-Alder-like prototypical catalytic reaction. New catalysts will be systematically tailored and studied by state-of-the-art operando spectroscopic characterisation techniques. Reaction mechanisms will be mapped out and catalyst structure-function relationships will be established. This will be used to formulate design principles for future catalysts and processes.

Participants

Per-Anders Carlsson (contact)

Full Professor at Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Per-Anders Carlsson Group

Funding

Swedish Energy Agency

Funding Chalmers participation during 2020–2024

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Energy

Areas of Advance

Materials Science

Areas of Advance

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Latest update

2020-03-10