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Biofuel Researchers Employ Titan to Probe ‘Lignin Shield

Jeremy Smith’s team test the pretreatment Cosolvent Enhanced Lignocellulose Fraction (CELF) using supercomputer TITAT and molecular dynamics coded GROMACS.  The team discovered CELF works because water and tetrahydrofuran (THF) binds to lignin and creates a barrier allowing for easier removal of lignin.    This discovery will hopefully lead to further research.  

 

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