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OPPORTUNITIES AND OBSTACLES IN
LARGE-SCALE BIOMASS UTILIZATION

The Role of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Communities

A WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Sheena Siddiqui, Douglas Friedman, and Joe Alper, Rapporteurs

Chemical Sciences Roundtable

Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

Division on Earth and Life Studies


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CHEMICAL SCIENCES ROUNDTABLE

CO-CHAIRS

MARK A. BARTEAU, University of Michigan

WILLIAM F. CARROLL JR., Occidental Chemical Corporation

MEMBERS

DONNA G. BLACKMOND, Scripps Research Institute

MICHAEL R. BERMAN, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

CAROLE BEWLEY, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

PAUL BRYAN,* Lygos, Inc.

EMILIO BUNEL, Argonne National Laboratory

ALLISON CAMPBELL, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

MARK J. CARDILLO, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

A.WELFORD CASTLEMAN, JR., Pennsylvania State University

RICHARD R. CAVANAGH, National Institute of Standards and Technology

KELSEY COOK, National Science Foundation

JENNIFER S. CURTIS,* University of Florida

MIGUEL GARCIA-GARIBAY, University of California, Los Angeles

JACK KAYE, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

JOHN KOZARICH, ActivX Biosciences, Inc.

LUIS E. MARTINEZ,* Rollins College

JOHN J. MCGRATH, National Science Foundation

KENNETH G. MOLOY, DuPont Company Experimental Station

ROBERT PEOPLES, American Carpet Institute

MATTHEW S. PLATZ, National Science Foundation

MICHAEL E. ROGERS, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

ERIC ROHLFING, U.S. Department of Energy

JAMES M. SOLYST, ENVIRON International Corporation

KATHLEEN J. STEBE, University of Pennsylvania

PATRICIA A. THIEL, Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University

LEVI T. THOMPSON, University of Michigan

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL STAFF

DOROTHY ZOLANDZ, Director

TINA M. MASCIANGIOLI, Senior Program Officer, (until May 2012)

KATHRYN HUGHES, Senior Program Officer

DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN, Program Officer

SHEENA SIDDIQUI, Responsible Staff Officer

RACHEL YANCEY, Senior Program Assistant

AMANDA CLINE, Administrative Assistant

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* These members of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable oversaw the planning of the Workshop on Opportunities and Obstacles in Large-Scale Biomass Utilization but were not involved in the writing of this workshop summary.

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BOARD ON CHEMICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

CO-CHAIRS

PABLO G. DEBENEDETTI, Princeton University

C. DALE POULTER, University of Utah

MEMBERS

ZHENAN BAO, Stanford University, California

ROBERT BERGMAN, University of California, Berkeley

HENRY BRYNDZA, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Wilmington, Delaware

EMILY CARTER, Princeton University, New Jersey

DAVID CHRISTIANSON, University of Pennsylvania

MARY JANE HAGENSON, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

CAROL J. HENRY, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

JILL HRUBY, Sandia National Laboratories

MICHAEL C. KERBY, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

CHARLES E. KOLB, Aerodyne Research, Inc.

JOSEF MICHL, University of Colorado, Boulder

SANDER G. MILLS, Merck, Sharp, & Dohme Corporation

DAVID MORSE, Corning Incorporated

ROBERT E. ROBERTS, Institute for Defense Analyses, Washington, D.C.

DARLENE J. S. SOLOMON, Aligent Laboratories, Santa Clara, California

JEAN TOM, Bristol-Myers Squib

DAVID WALT, Tufts University

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL STAFF

DOROTHY ZOLANDZ, Director

TINA M. MASCIANGIOLI, Senior Program Officer (until May 2012)

KATHRYN HUGHES, Senior Program Officer

DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN, Program Officer

SHEENA SIDDIQUI, Senior Program Associate

RACHEL YANCEY, Senior Program Assistant

AMANDA CLINE, Administrative Assistant

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Preface

The Chemical Sciences Roundtable (CSR) was established in 1997 by the National Research Council. It provides a science-oriented apolitical forum for leaders in the chemical sciences to discuss chemistry-related issues affecting government, industry, and universities. Organized by the National Research Council’s Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, the CSR aims to strengthen the chemical sciences by fostering communication among the people and organizations—spanning industry, government, universities, and professional associations—involved with the chemical enterprise. One way it does this is by organizing workshops that address issues in chemical science and technology that require national or more widespread attention.

On May 31, 2012, the CSR held a one-day workshop that explored the current state of sustainable fuels and chemicals, and the issues surrounding their scalability for large-scale use. The workshop will also discussed the chemistry and chemical engineering opportunities to sustainably produce large-scale quantities of biofuel.

The workshop featured both formal presentations and working group deliberations in an effort to stimulate engaging discussions among participants from widely varying fields. Key questions that the participants were asked to address included:

  • What is the current state of technology in large-scale production of sustainable fuels and chemicals?
  • What are the benefits and weaknesses of current technologies?
  • What are the technological and commercial barriers to scaling sustainable technologies?
  • How can we best combine chemical technologies of different scales to maximize impact?
  • How can we identify ways in which chemical technologies of different practical scales can complement each other?

This document summarizes the presentations and discussions that took place at the workshop. In accordance with the policies of the CSR, the workshop did not attempt to establish any conclusions or recommendations about needs and future directions, focusing instead on issues identified by the speakers and workshop participants. In addition, the organizing committee’s role was limited to planning the workshop. The workshop summary has been prepared by the workshop rapporteurs, Sheena Siddiqui, Douglas Friedman, and Joe Alper, as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop.

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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT INTERNET WEBSITES

The Internet information provided in this Summary was correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication. It is important to remember, however, the dynamic nature of the Internet. Information on websites can be transient, and is not always validated or verifiable. Resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restrict access the next, and the location of items may change as menus and homepages are reorganized.

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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published summary as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets institutional standards of objectivity, clarity, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this workshop summary:

Maureen McCann, Purdue University

Javad Tavakoli, Lafayette College

Helena Chum, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Robert Brown, Iowa State University

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the workshop summary before its release. The review of this summary was overseen by Sharon Haynie, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Appointed by the National Research Council, she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this summary was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this summary rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Acronyms

BIO Biotechnology Industry Organization
CSR Chemical Sciences Roundtable
DOE U.S. Department of Energy
GW gigawatt
EISA Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
NREL National Renewable Energy Laboratory
PSG&E Public Service Gas and Electric Company
RFS2 U.S. Renewable Fuels Standards
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
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