Simple technique may drive down biofuel production costs


R&D – Lignin, nature’s way of protecting plant cell walls, is difficult to break down or remove from plant materials called biomass, such as the non-edible parts of the corn plant. However, that lignin needs to be extracted in order to reach the energy-rich cellulose that is used to make biofuels.

“Finding inexpensive ways to remove lignin is one of the largest barriers to producing cost-effective biofuels,” says Ezinne Achinivu, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State. more> http://tinyurl.com/kw4qspl

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