报告题目：Conversion and valorization of lignocellulosic biomass using inorganic ionic liquid
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 conducted research successively at Georgia Tech, University of Minnesota, and University of British Columbia before joining the faculty at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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. More information can be found at his lab website http://biorefining.bse.wisc.edu/.
Molten salt hydrate, also called Inorganic ionic liquid, is an aqueous solution of a selected inorganic salt at extraordinarily high concentration. Because of its 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 liquid has been recognized as a promising solvent system for the biorefining of lignocellulosic biomass. This presentation briefly introduces our recent studies on fractionation, conversion, and valorization of lignocellulosic biomass using inorganic ionic liquid, including cellulose dissolution and hydrolysis, biomass saccharification and fractionation, glucose isomerization, sugars/biomass to furan-based chemicals and hydrocarbons, lignin quantitation and depolymerization, and fabrication of cellulose II materials (nanocrystals, films, hydrogels, and aerogels).