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2019

Environmental Chemistry

Iowa State University

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A Robust Strategy For Sustainable Organic Chemicals Utilizing Bioprivileged Molecules, Brent H. Shanks, Linda J. Broadbelt Jan 2019

A Robust Strategy For Sustainable Organic Chemicals Utilizing Bioprivileged Molecules, Brent H. Shanks, Linda J. Broadbelt

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Biobased chemicals will inevitably be an important part of a sustainable organic chemical industry. Current efforts in biobased chemicals are largely driven by opportunistic chemical product targets requiring complete technology development from feedstock to final product for a specific molecule. To enhance the development of biobased chemicals, it is important to create strategies that can be more systematic and can leverage advancements across multiple final products. Discussed here is the concept of bioprivileged molecules, which are chemical intermediates that have the potential to be efficiently converted into a range of product molecules that can both directly replace existing petrochemicals and ...