Deconstruction & Catalysis

We help you optimize and scale up thermochemical processes, including feedstock pretreatment and hydrolysis, to achieve the most economical and sustainable outcomes possible.

Deconstruction: Breaking It Down

Deconstruction is a major step in biomass conversion and involves breaking down biomass to create fermentable sugars. These sugars can then be converted into biofuels, biochemicals, and other bioproducts.

Biomass is naturally resistant to chemical or biological deconstruction pathways. Overcoming this resistance is essential for successful deconstruction and subsequent unit operations.

Pretreatment and saccharification are the two major processes in deconstruction.  Pretreatments alter the physical and chemical characteristics of biomass and greatly impact downstream operations, including saccharification and fermentation. Saccharification converts sugars from polymeric to monomeric and/or dimeric form.

Besides conventional feedstocks such as corn stover, switchgrass, and woody biomass, we also handle the conversion of different waste streams (organics and plastics). 

Catalysis: General Thermochemical Reactions

We also handle other thermochemical processes, such as scaling up the synthesis of metal organic framework catalysts, hydrolysis of waste corn oil, etc.