Platform Molecules

Thomas J. Farmer, Mark Mascal

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In this chapter, the status of the current fossil-based chemical industry is briefly described with regards to the use of building-block chemicals, and an analogy to a bio-based equivalent. Current rationale around the concept of platform molecules is discussed, leading to a working definition for these bioderived chemicals. The constituent parts of the biomass feedstock are reviewed, showing the importance of the composition of the biomass with regards to the molecules obtainable from it. The processing technologies used to produce platform molecules from biomass are described. The concept of bio-based platform molecules stems from the late twentieth century where it was envisaged that simple, small molecules derivable from biomass could be utilised as building blocks for higher-value chemicals and materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntroduction to Chemicals from Biomass: Second Edition
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages67
ISBN (Print)9781118714478, 9781118714485
StatePublished - Mar 16 2015


  • Bioderived chemicals
  • Biomass
  • Fossil resources
  • Platform molecules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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