Solvent Disruption of Biomass and Biomembranes

Science Focus Area: Visualization of Solvent Disruption of Biomass and Biomembrane Structures in the Production of Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts

Biomembrane Disruption

Biomass Disruption




Our mission

Our mission is to provide fundamental knowledge about how solvents alter the structures of critical biomolecular assemblies that compose plant cell walls and microbial membranes. Structural effects are dominant in the efficient solvent-based pretreatment and deconstruction of biomass, and in product titer limitations from fermentation caused by the solvent-based destabilization of microbial membranes.