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Thermo Scientific Webinar - Methods in Biomass Analysis: Toward a New Standard

Date: 2011-07-04 15:30:46.0
Author: Thermo Scientific

Methods in Biomass Analysis:
Toward a New Standard Methods in Biomass Analysis: Toward a New Standard


The use of biological sources is transforming the production of fuels; from biodiesel and bioethanol to cellulosic biofuels. The greatest challenges to implement these advances are tailored analytical techniques to deliver fast, accurate, and reproducible results.

Compositional analysis of biomass feedstock lacks simple, straightforward methods. Analyses of biomass carbohydrates have typically relied on chromatographic protocols that are either time-consuming, offer limited resolution, or both. Profiling of lipids from oilseed crops is similarly challenging due to their hydrophobicity and lack of a consistent UV response.

This webinar presents analytical solutions for carbohydrate and lipid analyses in complex biomass mixtures. Methods using high-performance anion-exchange chromatography with pulsed amperometric detection permit high-throughput quantification of underivatized mono and disaccharides samples, including complex biomass hydrolysates. A new stationary phase designed for carbohydrates found in biofuel samples provides fast, efficient separation. Performance optimization, ruggedness characteristics, and an inter-laboratory study comparing precision and accuracy for this method will be discussed.

The conversion of plant-derived oils into biofuels has become a major area of research, and algal oils are a promising feedstock. Presented will be an overview of the field and the use of charged aerosol detection with HPLC to provide detection independent of chemical structure for nonvolatile analytes, from raw material to final product.

Learning Objectives

1 - Application of ion exchange chemistry with pulsed amperometric detection for the separation of closely eluting carbohydrates in biomass and why it is useful

2 - Precision and accuracy of the method for summative mass analysis of biomass components

3 - How charged aerosol detection works and its application for analysis of biofuels

Of interest to...

Scientists in laboratories doing research and development in biomass conversion and biofuels

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Your Speakers

Professor Kevin Chambliss

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Baylor University

Chris Scarlata

Research Scientist
National Bioenergy Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Marc Plante, Ph.D.

Applications Scientist
Dionex Products
Thermo Fisher Scientific

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