Solubility and Depolymerization of Coal
Source: Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
Date: 10/1/95    Record No.: 10224
Contact: LaMar Johnson, 208-526-1157

Solubility and Depolymerization of Coal
With biocatalysts to convert it to a more valuable fuel and feedstock. Microbial alkali-mediated solubilization would be particularly applicable to lignites. Microorganisms also can remove metal ions and make the coal more soluble in water. Depolymerization could conceivably turn coal into a feedstock for ethanol production, analogous to the bioprocessing of cellulosic biomass. (Industrial Biotechnology)