Cover of Opportunities and Obstacles in Large-Scale Biomass Utilization

Opportunities and Obstacles in Large-Scale Biomass Utilization

The Role of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Communities

A Workshop Summary


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-27864-5ISBN-10: 0-309-27864-3
Copyright © 2012, National Academy of Sciences.


On May 31, 2012, the Chemical Sciences Roundtable (CSR) held a one-day workshop that explored the current state of sustainable fuels and chemicals, and the issues surrounding their scalability for large-scale use. The workshop will also discussed the chemistry and chemical engineering opportunities to sustainably produce large-scale quantities of biofuel.

The workshop featured both formal presentations and working group deliberations in an effort to stimulate engaging discussions among participants from widely varying fields. Key questions that the participants were asked to address included:

  • What is the current state of technology in large-scale production of sustainable fuels and chemicals?
  • What are the benefits and weaknesses of current technologies?
  • What are the technological and commercial barriers to scaling sustainable technologies?
  • How can we best combine chemical technologies of different scales to maximize impact?
  • How can we identify ways in which chemical technologies of different practical scales can complement each other?