June 5, 2017 | ENVIRONMENTAL MOLECULAR SCIENCES LABORATORY  [ read full article ]

June 6, 2017 | PHYS.ORG [ read 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.