A researcher operates a liquid-liquid extraction column

Converting sugars to hydrocarbons requires separating large amounts of water from usable product, an expensive undertaking.

The Biochemical technologies team focuses on integrated separations technologies that enable

  • Cost-effective lignin valorization processes by fines removal, catalyst recovery, dewatering, and molecular weight (MW) fractionation
  • Integrated cost-effective methods for recovery of key fuel and co-product intermediates from aqueous media.

The Biochemical technology team leverages its expertise to conduct experiments at the bench-scale (≤1 liter), transferring microbes, fermentation conditions, and lignin samples to partners for research and development activities as needed.