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Biochemical startup announces para-xylene breakthrough

9:27 AM MST | December 5, 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 yields of its catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP) technology. Invented by Professor George W. Huber at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, CFP  is capable of producing benzene, toluene, xylenes, and olefins from non-food biomass. In a single-step process,  lignocellulosic biomass is fed into a fluidized-bed reactor that contains a mixture of catalyst, biomass...

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