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Researchers advance biomass transformation process

Researchers advance biomass transformation process

Biomass can serve as a renewable source for both energy and carbon. Acetone, n-butanol, and ethanol (ABE) fermentation broth as a biomass-derived source of fuels and chemicals has received a lot of attention for several decades. However, the crude fermentation broth contains low concentrations of oxygenates, limiting its practical applications.

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Suspicions of bacteria’s role in rotting wood finally proven

Suspicions of bacteria’s role in rotting wood finally proven

A long held hypothesis that bacteria, and not just fungi, are involved in the decomposition of lignin, a tough structural component of wood, has finally been confirmed. T...

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Nanocardboard as a nanoscale analog of hollow sandwich plates

Nanocardboard as a nanoscale analog of hollow sandwich plates

ABSTRACT

Corrugated paper cardboard provides an everyday example of a lightweight, yet rigid, sandwich structure. Here we present nanocardboard, a monolithic plate mechani...

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A new process for full utilization of softwood bark

A new process for full utilization of softwood bark

In the Finnish mechanical and chemical forestry industry, three million tonnes of softwood bark are produced annually, presently mainly used for energy production. Using ...

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Hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents promise to play key role in making paper industry more sustainable

Hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents promise to play key role in making paper industry more sustainable

PhD research carried out as part of the PROVIDES project has recently resulted in promising new sustainable hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs). These hydrophobic D...

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UBC researchers unlock secrets of plant development

UBC researchers unlock secrets of plant development

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered an internal messaging system that plants use to manage the growth and division of their cells. These growth-man...

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VTT developed a fully bio-based material to replace fossil-based plastics in thermally formable products

VTT developed a fully bio-based material to replace fossil-based plastics in thermally formable products

VTT has developed a thermally formable, biodegradable material, which is 100% bio-based. Its suitability for applications such as furniture makes it an attractive alterna...

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New process turns wood scraps into tape

New process turns wood scraps into tape

UD engineers convert commonly discarded material into high-performance adhesive

Whether you're wrapping a gift or bandaging a wound, you rely on an adhesive to get the job...

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UMaine researcher gets $250K to advance 'nanofibril' building materials

UMaine researcher gets $250K to advance 'nanofibril' building materials

Mehdi Tajvidi, an assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials at the University of Maine, has been awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation floor and wall products ...

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