Deskins, N Aaron
Timko, Michael T.
The goal of this project was to research the potential for different functional groups as binding domains on solid acid catalysts. Computational analysis was conducted to simulate binding interactions between and calculate adsorption energies for two different functional groups and the stereoisomers of ringed glucose. Experimental analysis was conducted to observe glucose and cellobiose adsorption onto hydroxymethyl styrene polymer beads. Further research needs to be conducted to prove these interactions happen near glycosidic bonds, which is favorable for biofuel production.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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