Biomass Pretreatment and Process Development

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 and deep eutectic solvent Pretreatment
  • Discovery of new biocompatible ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents for integrated pretreatment, saccharification and fermentation
  • Optimization of pretreatment of natural and modified feedstocks under high-solids loading
  • Improving ionic liquid pretreatment process economics

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