A Robust Strategy for Sustainable Organic Chemicals Utilizing Bioprivileged Molecules

Brent H. Shanks*, Linda J. Broadbelt

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

15 Scopus citations


Biobased chemicals will inevitably be an important part of a sustainable organic chemical industry. Current efforts in biobased chemicals are largely driven by opportunistic chemical product targets requiring complete technology development from feedstock to final product for a specific molecule. To enhance the development of biobased chemicals, it is important to create strategies that can be more systematic and can leverage advancements across multiple final products. Discussed here is the concept of bioprivileged molecules, which are chemical intermediates that have the potential to be efficiently converted into a range of product molecules that can both directly replace existing petrochemicals and are novel molecules that impart enhanced performance properties in end-use applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2970-2975
Number of pages6
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 5 2019


  • biomass conversion
  • chemical industry
  • green chemistry
  • platform chemicals
  • sustainable chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'A Robust Strategy for Sustainable Organic Chemicals Utilizing Bioprivileged Molecules'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this