Time：28th May, 2019, 10:20 am
Venue：Conference Room on the First Floor, Energy Building A
Lecturer：Prof. PAN Xuejun, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Molten salt hydrates, also called Inorganic ionic liquids, are aqueous solutions of certain inorganic salts at extraordinarily high concentration. Because of their unique properties, such as high boiling point, low vapor pressure, low-viscosity at moderate temperature, and in particular, the capability of swelling and dissolving cellulose and biomass, inorganic ionic liquids have been recognized as promising solvent systems for the biorefining of lignocellulosic biomass. This presentation briefly introduces our recent studies on fractionation, conversion, and valorization of lignocellulosic biomass using inorganic ionic liquids, including cellulose dissolution and hydrolysis, biomass saccharification and fractionation, glucose isomerization, sugars/biomass to furan-based chemicals and hydrocarbons, lignin quantitation and depolymerization, and cellulose II materials (nanocrystals, hydrogels, and aerogels) fabrication.
Dr. PAN is a Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering at Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China, and PhD degree in Applied Bioscience at Hokkaido University, Japan. Dr. PAN did postdoctoral research at Georgia Tech, University of Minnesota, and University of British Columbia before joining University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006.
Dr. PAN’s research interest is to develop innovative technologies for converting lignocellulosic biomass into liquid fuels, platform chemicals, and functionalized materials. He has published 100+ peer reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters, and 4 US patents. Dr. PAN has won numerous awards, such as Vilas Midcareer Award in 2018, Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow Award in 2011, and NSF Career Award in 2009. He was elected as Fellow of International Academy of Wood Science in 2013.
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