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User Info Insanity On The Left; entered at 2019-01-11 13:03:33
Chemdude
Posts: 9
Registered: 2017-08-29
A decade ago as the biofuel "revolution" was in its early stages, I recall a graduate seminar from a visiting Prof. who had done some pretty cool work. He could convert switchgrass into furan or derivatives thereof, which would be a a high octane fuel, up to ~150s RON depending on the derivative. Until this point, no solvent had been developed to solubilize cellulose. Now, you have a solvent that could literally melt away a person's clothing. But... and this is the big but... to achieve the transformation from switchgrass to the furan target required multiple reactions at 400, 500, 600 degrees C, each proceeding for extended periods of time. I was the ******* who had to ask, "how many units of energy input does it take to get a unit of output?" Some chuckling in the lecture hall. The response: "the venture capitalists told me not to worry about that for the time being."

Re: AOC... it's too bad her high school experiences in the scientific realm (having placed in a category in the Intel Science Search) were not followed by a rigorous data driven approach going forward.
2019-01-11 13:03:33