Biomass Pretreatment and Process Development

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Seema Singh

Director of Biomass Pretreatment and Process Development and Deputy VP of Deconstruction

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John Gladden

Deputy Director of Biomass Pretreatment and Fungal Biotechnology

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Anthe George

Scientific Lead, Biomass Pretreatment and Process Development

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Hemant Choudhary

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Mike Kent


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Mood Mohan

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Ramana Pidatala

Senior Research Associate

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Alberto Rodriguez

Post Doctoral Researcher

Efficient pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass is a critical factor for the production of affordable biofuels and bioproducts. We have demonstrated that pretreatment using ionic liquids (ILs) is one of the most effective methods for producing high yields of biomass-derived fermentable sugars. We are also exploring the utility of a related class of compounds, deep eutectic solvents, for their ability to pretreat lignocellulose. Our current research focuses on developing IL pretreatment technologies that enable the efficient depolymerization of both polysaccharides and lignin that can be tightly integrated with downstream processes, including saccharification and fermentation.


  • Gaining a mechanistic understanding and optimization of ionic liquid, molecular solvents, and deep eutectic solvent Pretreatment
  • Discovery of new biocompatible pretreatment solvents for integrated pretreatment, saccharification and fermentation
  • Optimizing pretreatment solvent recovery and recycling
  • Improving ionic liquid pretreatment process economics
  • Partner with industry to demonstrate JBEI pretreatment technologies at scale

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