Biomass Chemistry 
Biomass Chemistry
by OSU
Video Lecture 7 of 25
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Date Added: April 19, 2016

Lecture Description

Once you know what biomass is chemically composed of you can see clear differences with oil. Its is also important that you know that the O’s stand for oxygen and the C’s stand for carbon.

The biggest difference between them is that oil chemicals are large straight lines while the biomass chemicals are small, circular and full of O’s. They look very different and this means that to turn one into the other we have to do a lot of work and spend a lot of money. We have actually been turning oil chemicals into biomass chemicals for a very long time at considerable cost, so it is ironic that we are now trying to turn biomass chemicals into oil chemicals at considerable cost.

If you are interested in receiving the written slide notes for each lecture, please contact the USDA supported Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest project at; [email protected]

An associated online E-campus course is also offered at Oregon State University;

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30407 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

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Course Description

This series contains 25 short lectures, each between 10 and 15 minutes long. The content in these lectures is flexible and can be used in a variety of ways to communicate bioenergy concepts to audiences from diverse backgrounds. An important objective of this series is to present facts about bioenergy and biofuels, and use them to explore misconceptions.


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