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The use of biomass for the production of fuels and chemicals can mitigate several of the problems involving greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of the world's non-renewable resources. High value, lower volume biobased chemicals may also increase the return on investments in biofuels-only operations thus contributing to overcome a significant barrier to realizing a biorefinery's economic goals. Recent evaluations of structures most easily obtained from a given conversion process have the advantage of tailoring broad-based processes to the building blocks available from certain biorefinery operations. Selected structures available from chemical and biological transformations of sugar cane and its residues are discussed in terms of their integration into biorefinery operations. Those structures currently under investigation by Brazilian groups that appear to be the most promising for production by the chemical industry are discussed.

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