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The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)

The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation was established as an Energy Frontier Research Center in 2009 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The center's research focus is to develop innovative heterogeneous catalytic technologies to transform lignocellulosic (non-food-based) biomass materials (e.g., trees, switch grass, left over waste in agriculture, etc.) into fuels and chemicals. We focus on several scientific thrusts, including the production of furans from cellulose and hemicellulose, the production of green aromatics, the hydrodeoxygenation of target molecules for the upgrade of bio-oil and sugar derivatives, the pyrolysis of biomass, and the production of electricity. Within these scientific thrusts are cross-cutting efforts on synthesis of hierarchical multiscale materials, in situ characterization, and multiscale modeling. read more about CCEI


Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood

Sept. 07, 2017 - A UD research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms. This biorenewable feedstock could serve as a cheaper, sustainable substitute for the petroleum used in manufacturing tons upon tons of consumer goods annually — goods that consumers want to be greener. More than half of consumers in the U.S. are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products, according to GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer, reported earlier this year.
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UD researchers make material to make fuel cells more durable, less expensive

Sept. 04, 2017 - Take a ride on the University of Delaware’s Fuel Cell bus, and you see that fuel cells can power vehicles in an eco-friendly way. In just the last two years, Toyota, Hyundai and Honda have released vehicles that run on fuel cells, and carmakers such as GM, BMW and VW are working on prototypes. If their power sources lasted longer and cost less, fuel cell vehicles could go mainstream faster. Now, a team of engineers at UD has developed a technology that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable.
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Clean and Green! Everyday Products Made from Sugar

Plant-derived chemicals competitive with petrochemical commodities

Consumer products such as shampoo, soap and detergents, as well as processed foods and drugs, are often laden with extra ingredients. Many of these extra ingredients are surfactants — chemicals responsible for changing the texture and solution properties of consumer products. Surfactants affect how well a shampoo or toothpaste "foams" and how well detergents remove dirt and grease. New research is highlighting how these products, typically derived from petroleum byproducts, can be made from renewable resources such as sugar.
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UD and Global Green Growth Institute establish research partnership

July 13, 2017 - The University of Delaware and the Global Green Growth Institute have announced a research partnership to support a global transition toward a green economy. The overall idea is to foster sustainable economic growth and development in ways that fuel the economy at regional, national and global levels while ensuring the Earth’s natural assets remain available to future generations.
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Scientific Research Thrusts and Enabling Technologies