Building Blocks from Biocrude: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Value Methoxyphenols


The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop and optimize a hybrid separation method to recover high-value methoxyphenols to improve the process economics and environmental impact for the production of advanced biofuels from catalytic pyrolysis integrated with hydroprocessing.

The project also aims to evaluate commercial viability of mixed phenolic fraction as a feedstock for value-added bioproducts; establish price point for MPs based on current markets ($3-$5/kg); investigate key separations and chemistries to expand recovered intermediates into multiple markets; and define technical requirements for product quality and purity. Finally, to demonstrate that remaining biocrude fractions can be upgraded into biofuels.

RTI International’s Ofei Mante and the R&D team prepped these illuminating slides for an overview of the project’s progress and promise given at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review meeting.