Faculty Advisor

Deskins, N Aaron

Faculty Advisor

Timko, Michael T.

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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