Energy and Climate

Biomass

“Bionic” Liquids from Lignin: Joint BioEnergy Institute Results Pave the Way for Closed-Loop Biofuel Refineries

While ionic liquids (paired-ions salts that are liquid at room temperature) show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving advanced-biofuel economics, an even more promising candidate is now on the horizon—“bionic” liquids. The current “standard,” imidazolium-based ionic liquids, effectively and efficiently deconstruct biomass into fuel sugars, but are expensive, and thus limited […]

Sandia Video Featured by DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office

In July 2014, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released the short documentary film Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future, which highlights stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. The film also demonstrates that investing in bio­energy helps maintain America’s compe­titive […]

Joint BioEnergy Institute Oxime–NIMS Work Featured on the Cover of ACS Chemical Biology

The oxime-based nanostructure-initiator mass spectrometry (NIMS) work of Kai Deng (in Sandia’s Biotechnology & Bioengineering Dept.) et al. titled “Rapid Kinetic Characterization of Glycosyl Hydrolases Based on Oxime Derivatization and Nanostructure-Initiator Mass Spectrometry (NIMS)” is featured on the cover of ACS Chemical Biology. The multi-institutional team, which also included Jian Shi, Seema Singh, and Kenneth Sale […]

Lignin-Feasting Microbe Holds Promise for Biofuels

Nature designed lignin, the tough woody polymer in the walls of plant cells, to bind and protect the cellulose sugars that plants use for energy. For this reason, lignin is a major challenge for those who would extract those same plant sugars and use them to make advanced biofuels. As part of their search for […]

CINT Computer Simulation Guide for Designing Polymeric Nanoparticles Published

Gary Grest (in Sandia’s Nanostructure Physics Dept.) and his collaborators published “Internal Correlations and Stability of Polydots, Soft Conjugated Polymeric Nanoparticles” in ACS Macro Letters in July 2013. In their work, the internal structure of soft, highly luminescent nanoparticles was resolved by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. This is the first-ever insight obtained that overcomes the […]

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