Tag: Amherst

UMass Amherst lignin research sheds light on how plants adapt to environmental stress

UMass Amherst lignin research sheds light on how plants adapt to environmental stress

January 5, 2015 |

In Massachusetts, new research may advance our understanding of “how the relative proportions of biopolymers,” like lignin, “are controlled in plant tissue”. The study, led by Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was published in Nature on December 24th, and should assist future research that may allow manipulation of the xylem regulatory network […]

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New path to low-cost, renewable plastic bottles

New path to low-cost, renewable plastic bottles

May 1, 2012 |

In Massachusetts, a  team of chemical engineers led by Paul J. Dauenhauer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered a new, high-yield method of producing p-xylene, the key ingredient used to make plastic bottles from biomass. The process is inexpensive and currently creates the chemical  with an efficient yield of 75-percent, using most of […]

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Amherst researchers discover proxy molecule for cellulose R&D

Amherst researchers discover proxy molecule for cellulose R&D

February 17, 2012 |

In Massachusetts, Amherst researchers have discovered a small molecule, called α-cyclodextrin, that behaves the same as cellulose when it is converted to biofuel. Studying this ‘mini-cellulose’ molecule reveals for the first time the chemical reactions that take place in wood and prairie grasses during high-temperature conversion to biofuel. Using the faster computer simulations, they can […]

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