Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation
At the University of Delaware’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation—an Energy Frontier Research Center—wood chips and cornstalks are taking on a new shade of green, converted into new fuels and other products. The center, a collaboration led by UD and involving nine other partnering institutions, is developing a range of new catalysts, or “turbochargers for chemistry,” that can break down tough stuff like wood and organic waste into sugars and oils that can then be used in high-value fuels and chemicals. Visit the UD Research magazine for the full story.
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Turning cornstalks and wood chips into renewable energy and valuable chemicals isn’t easy, but it is a promising focus of research at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation.