June 5, 2017 | ENVIRONMENTAL MOLECULAR SCIENCES LABORATORY [ full article ]
June 6, 2017 | PHYS.ORG [ full article ]
Molecular-level understanding of cellulose structure reveals why it resists degradation and could lead to cost-effective biofuels.
A major bottleneck hindering cost-effective production of biofuels and many valuable chemicals is the difficulty of breaking down cellulose—an important structural component of plant cell walls. A recent study addressed this problem by characterizing molecular features that make cellulose resistant to degradation.