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Enabling scalable and low-cost conversion of cellulosic biomass

CHIPs,  Cellulose Hydrolyzing Imprinted Polymers, a catalyst technology pathway to scaleable low-cost sugar

The ability to produce low-cost fermentable sugar at large scale will enable the economic viability of advanced bio-based fuels, chemicals, and polymers.  United Catalyst is developing process technology with the goal of producing low-cost fermentable sugar, glucose, from cellulosic biomass including agricultural waste, forestry residues and various types of industrial process waste.                

Our CHIPs act as artificial enzymes that, when mixed with cellulosic biomass at high temperatures, permit the efficient release and separation of glucose. 



United Catalyst has developed CHIPs, Cellulose Hydrolyzing Imprinted Polymers, as artificial enzymes—chemical catalysts addressing the commercial weaknesses of traditionally used biological enzymes. 



CHIPs technology will also impact process economics in cases where cellulosic and hemicellulosic fibers are modified and/or eliminated.  Examples include the processing of dissolving pulps for non-woven materials, and the production of nano-crystalline cellulose.



United Catalyst is working with a major oil and chemical company to further optimize our technology for use in cellulosic biofuel and bio-based chemical processing.  Other applications being developed include the conversion to sugar of cellulosic byproducts such as those found in wood pulping and similar industrial processes of agricultural products.