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Polyols and Polyurethanes from Lignin
Unmet Need: Successful production of lignin based Polyols Polyurethane (PU) is an important class of thermoset polymer with a $70 bn/year market, providing materials for many applications. PU materials are comprised of an isocyanate and a polyol; both of which are currently obtained from non-renewable petroleum resources, suggesting that the development...
Published: 4/28/2023   |   Inventor(s): Xiao Zhang, Udishnu Sanyal
Production of lignin with controlled structural properties
Unmet Need: Production of high-performance composite materials using lignin The emerging biomass refinery industry generates an enormous amount of lignin as waste in biochemical biomass-to-biofuel conversion processes. No practical biorefinery lignin valorization process has been demonstrated so far. Given the potential volume of biorefinery lignin,...
Published: 4/28/2023   |   Inventor(s): Xiao Zhang, Aboutaleb Ameli, Kuan-Ting Lin, Ruoshui Ma, Che-Hao Yang
Keywords(s): Advanced Materials
Cellulose Dispersions for Reducing Cold Damage in Tree Fruit
Unmet Need: More cost-effective and less labor-intensive cold damage protection technologyEconomic loss from cold damage is one of the most prevalent recurring production issues in temperate fruit industry, and poses a significant challenge to profitable and sustainable production. Each year, the U.S. produces >15M tons of deciduous fruit crops that...
Published: 8/3/2023   |   Inventor(s): Xiao Zhang, Changki Mo, Matthew Whiting, Qin Zhang