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Start-up announces biobased para-xylene breakthrough

9:54 AM MST | December 24, 2012 | —Rebecca Coons

Anellotech, a New York City–based start-up developing biobased routes to aromatics, says it has licensed technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst that will triple the para -xylene ( p -xylene) yields of its catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP) technology. Invented by Professor George Huber at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, CFP is capable of producing benzene, toluene, xylenes, and olefins from nonfood biomass. In a single-step process, lignocellulosic biomass is fed into a fluidized-bed reactor, where it is thermally decomposed to form...

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