Dear Colleagues,
A web-based application for the synthesis and analysis of biomass-to-fuels strategies is accessible to the public through:
The web application allows users to access the Biomass Utilization Superstructure (BUS) suite of tools.
Users can modify and generate a new technology network (superstructure) that consists of a wide range of conversion technologies along with the corresponding feedstocks, intermediates, and final products. The optimal strategy for specific feedstocks or products can be identified based on different objective functions (maximum profit or minimum cost).
In addition to researchers working in the area of biofuels, the application can be used by instructors to illustrate the ideas underpinning superstructure-based process synthesis.
More information can be found at:
1) Ng RTL, Patchin S, Wu W, Sheth N, Maravelias CT. An optimization-based Web Application for Synthesis and Analysis of Biomass-to-fuels Strategies. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining, 12 (2), 170-176, 2018.        
(DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1821).
2) Kim J, Sen SM, Maravelias CT. An Optimization-Based Assessment Framework for Biomass-to-Fuels Conversion Strategies. Energy and Environmental Science, 6 (4), 1093-1104, 2013.      
Christos Maravelias
Christos T. Maravelias
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Tel: 608-265-9026