Hydrogen-Economic Synthesis of Gasoline-like Hydrocarbons by Catalytic Hydrodecarboxylation of the Biomass-derived Angelica Lactone Dimer

Fei Chang, Saikat Dutta, Mark Mascal

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Abstract

The biomass-derived platform molecule levulinic acid is converted into the angelica lactone dimer (ALD) in high overall yield using simple inorganic catalysts. Hydrodecarboxylation of ALD using a Pd/γ-Al2O3 catalyst under moderate hydrogen gas pressure at high temperatures generates branched C8–C9 hydrocarbons in nearly quantitative yield consuming as little as a single equivalent of external hydrogen. These molecules are high-octane “drop-in” equivalents of isoalkanes used in commercial gasoline. Catalytic hydrodecarboxylation is presented as a highly effective means to reduce hydrogen demand in biomass-to-biofuel conversion technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2622-2626
Number of pages5
JournalChemCatChem
Volume9
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 24 2017

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Keywords

  • biofuels
  • biomass
  • hydrocarbons
  • hydrodecarboxylation
  • isoalkanes

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  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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Hydrogen-Economic Synthesis of Gasoline-like Hydrocarbons by Catalytic Hydrodecarboxylation of the Biomass-derived Angelica Lactone Dimer. / Chang, Fei; Dutta, Saikat; Mascal, Mark.

In: ChemCatChem, Vol. 9, No. 14, 24.07.2017, p. 2622-2626.

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