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Can we make everything from lignin, including money?…The answer is:


The depletion of the fossil fuel reserves on the Earth as well as the rapid increase in green-house gas emissions and environmental pollutions propel the development of renewable energy technologies. Biomass resources derive from solar energy, which is viewed as an important contributor to the development of a sustainable industrial society and effective management of greenhouse gas emissions. The concept to utilize solar energy under mild condition via photocatalytic transformation of biomass is a promising strategy to tackle with the energy and environment crisis.

We cordially invite you to get familiar with this proof of concept of a photocatalytic route to valorize lignocellulosic biomass. Here some of our recently published collaborative research manuscripts in this subject:

An approach for lignin valorization by heterogeneous photocatalysis, Shao-Hai Li, Siqi Liu, Juan C. Colmenares and Yi-Jun Xu. Green Chemistry (2015), DOI: 10.1039/C5GC02109J http://​pubs​.rsc​.org/​e​n​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​l​a​n​d​i​n​g​/​2014​/​G​C​/​C​5​G​C​02109​J​#​!​d​i​v​A​b​s​tract 

Mild ultrasound-assisted synthesis of TiO2 supported on magnetic nanocomposites for selective photo-oxidation of benzyl alcohol, Juan C. Colmenares, Weiyi Ouyang, Manuel Ojeda, Ewelina Kuna, Olga Chernyayeva, Dmytro Lisovytskiy, Sudipta De, Rafael Luque and Alina M. Balu. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.10.034http://​www​.scien​ce​di​rect​.com/​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​/​p​i​i​/​S​0926337315302150 

Nanophotocatalysis in Selective Transformations of Lignocellulose-derived Molecules: A Green Approach for the Synthesis of Fuels, Fine Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals, Juan C. Colmenares. Book title: Green Photo-active Nanomaterials: Sustainable Energy and Environmental Remediation”. Editors: Nurxat Nuraje, Ramazan Asmatulu and Guido Mul. ISBN: 9781849739597. The Royal Society of Chemistry 2016 (Chapter 8, Pp. 168 – 201). http://​pubs​.rsc​.org/​e​n​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​e​b​o​o​k/978 – 1-84973 – 959-7#!divbookcontent 

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