American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition

  • Li, Y. (Organiser)
  • Peter Ford (Organiser)
  • Emiel J.M. Hensen (Organiser)
  • Ning Yan (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session, tutorial or event


Organizer and chair of the symposium on a topic "Catalytic Solvolysis of Lignocellulose and its Derivatives" at the ACS Division of Energy & Fuels conference, ACS Spring Meeting.

Lignocellulose, the principal component of woody biomass, is a sustainable feedstock that has the potential to be the largest renewable resource on which we can rely for producing the commodity chemicals and fuels needed for a carbon-neutral society. It is non-edible and is self-produced in large scale world-wide by the plant growth in the biosphere. However, the chemical transformations of lignocellulose only has a limited number of economically successful examples in the history, among them, the pulp process that has long supplied paper products to humanity and more recently 2G biorefineries that produce bio-ethanol from enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation of cellulose and hemicellulose. Even in both these examples, lignin, a major component of lignocellulose, is poorly utilized (burned for low grade heat). However, over the past decade, there have been major developments in the lignocellulose utilization technologies. It is the goal of the proposed symposium to bring together leading researchers in this area to report and discuss these developments with a focus on efficient utilization of lignocellulose resources. In the past decade, breakthroughs have been made in catalytic conversion of lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose to both fuel and chemical molecules with major advances in lignocellulose fractionation by catalytic solvolysis techniques. Both the complexity and the potential utility of the techniques have been recognized, and catalytic solvolysis of biomass has become one of the most dynamic research fields both in catalytic chemistry and chemical reaction engineering.
Period22 Mar 2022
Event typeConference
LocationSan Diego, United States, CaliforniaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational