Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 14, 2017
Previous Article Next Article

Bioprivileged molecules: creating value from biomass

Author affiliations


The petrochemical industry is built on C2–C4 alkenes and aromatics as intermediate molecules, which are converted to a range of products. This industry is highly developed with little opportunity for new chemical products. In comparison biological-derived intermediates from biomass have the potential to introduce a new set of intermediate molecules, which can be converted to molecules that directly replace petrochemicals. Even more promising is the potential to convert biological-derived intermediates to novel chemical species that impart enhanced performance properties in their end use. Here the concept of bioprivileged molecules is introduced as a useful new paradigm for developing biobased chemicals. Included are muconic acid, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and triacetic acid lactone as example bioprivileged molecules. Also, discussed is the research needed to move this concept forward.

Graphical abstract: Bioprivileged molecules: creating value from biomass

Back to tab navigation

Article information

24 Jan 2017
07 Mar 2017
First published
07 Mar 2017

Green Chem., 2017,19, 3177-3185
Article type

Bioprivileged molecules: creating value from biomass

B. H. Shanks and P. L. Keeling, Green Chem., 2017, 19, 3177
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00296C

Social activity

Search articles by author