Research report 2009 - Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
Catalytic processes for the sustainable utilization of renewable resources
SummaryDiminishing fossil reservoirs and global warming make the efficient utilization of alternative feedstocks imperative. Lignocellulosic biomass is a promising feedstock, not in competition with food, and allows for CO2-neutral technologies. Its conversion via hydrogenolysis presents an interesting entry point for future biorefinery and the development of suitable catalysts is highly desirable. Alike, alternatives for commodities as terephthalic acid, important for PET production, are required. Based on sugars, furandicarboxylic acid, a sugar-based alternative to this compound, can be prepared.