Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 115, Issue 1–3, pp 871–885

Opportunities in the industrial biobased products industry

  • Tracy M. Carole
  • Joan Pellegrino
  • Mark D. Paster
Session 5 Biobased Industrial Chemicals

Abstract

Approximately 89 million metric to forganic chemicals and lubricants, the majority of which are fossil based, are produced annually in the United States. The development of new industrial bioproducts, for production in stand-alone facilities or biorefineries, has the potential to reduce our dependence on imported oil and improve energy security. Advances in biotechnology are enabling the optimization of feedstock composition and agronomic characteristics and the development of new and improved fermentation organisms for conversion of biomass to new end products or intermediates. This article reviews recent biotechnology efforts to develop new industrial bioproducts and improve renewable feedstocks and key market opportunities.

Index Entries

Bioproducts thermoplastics fermentation solvents platform chemicals 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tracy M. Carole
    • 1
  • Joan Pellegrino
    • 1
  • Mark D. Paster
    • 2
  1. 1.Energetics, Inc.MDColumbia
  2. 2.US Department of EnergyWashington, DC

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