Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

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Synthesis of Bio-Based Polyurethanes and Polyesters

Plant biomass remains a promising renewable source of important platform chemicals currently derived from petroleum. These include the chemical building blocks used to make polyurethanes (commonly fou...
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George Huber, Hochan Chang, James Dumesic | P210122US01

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Method To Solubilize Biomass Under Mild Conditions

UW researchers have developed a simple and efficient method of dissolving biomass using concentrated sulfuric acid and cysteine. The standard method of Klason lignin determination involves dissolving ...
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John Ralph, Fachuang Lu | P210354US02

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Cells And Methods For Producing Methyl Ketones

Recombinant cells and methods for producing methyl ketones, such as medium-chain methyl ketones. The recombinant cells include recombinant acyl-ACP thioesterase genes, recombinant β-ketoacyl-CoA ...
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Brian Pfleger, Nestor Hernandez Lozada, Qiang Yan, Trevor Simmons | P200352WO01

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BAHD Acyltransferases

The invention is directed to BAHD acyltransferase enzymes, nucleic acids encoding BAHD acyltransferase enzymes, and inhibitory nucleic acids adapted to inhibit the expression and/or translation of BAH...
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John Ralph, Rebecca Smith, Steven Karlen, Emily Beebe, Craig Bingman, Brian Fox, Hoon Kim, Shawn Mansfield, Heather MacKay, Yaseen Mottiar, Faride Unda | P180351US02

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Hibiscus Cannabinus Feruloyl-Coa: Monolignol Transferase

The invention relates to isolated nucleic acids encoding a feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase and feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzymes. The isolated nucleic acids and/or the enzymes enable inc...
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John Ralph, Saunia Withers, Curtis Wilkerson, Shawn Mansfield | P120103US02

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Feruloyl-Coa: Monolignol Transferases

The invention relates to feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzymes and nucleic acids encoding the feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzymes. The enzymes and/or the nucleic acids enable incorporati...
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John Ralph, Steven Karlen, Brian Fox, Emily Beebe, Craig Bingman, Rebecca Smith | P170158US02

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P-Coumaroyl-Coa:Monolignol Transferases

The invention is directed to p-coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzymes, nucleic acids encoding p-coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzymes, and inhibitory nucleic acids adapted to inhibit the ...
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John Ralph, Steven Karlen, Rebecca Smith, Emily Beebe, Craig Bingman, Brian Fox | P170159US02

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Gene Construct Encoding Mutant Thioesterase, Mutant Thioesterase Encoded Thereby, Transformed Host Cell Containing The Gene Construct, And Method Of Using Them To Produce Medium-Chain Fatty Acids

Unnatural, mutated thioesterases having an amino acid sequence that is at least 80% identical to SEQ. ID. NO: 1 and having substitutions at one or more of amino acid positions I107, R108, L109, S122, ...
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Brian Pfleger, Nestor Hernandez Lozada, Costas Maranas, Matthew Grisewood | P160114US02

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Methods Of Processing Aromatic Compounds

A method of processing a solution comprising aromatic compounds. The method includes culturing a first microorganism in the solution for a time sufficient to reduce an amount of an aromatic compound a...
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Timothy Donohue, Daniel Noguera, Julian Oshlag, Weiping Zhang, Samantha Austin | P150130US02

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Mutant Thioesterases

Mutant thioesterases having enhanced medium chain substrate activity, polynucleotides encoding and configured to express the mutant thioesterases in a transformed host cell, host cells transformed to ...
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Brian Pfleger, Rung-Yi Lai, Nestor Hernandez Lozada | P180007US02

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Method To Liquefy Biomass

A method of liquefying biomass. The method includes the steps of contacting biomass with a solution comprising an acyl halide and an acid; and then contacting the biomass with a reductant.
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John Ralph, Steven Karlen | P180250US02

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