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J Am Chem Soc. 2011 Sep 7;133(35):14090-7. doi: 10.1021/ja205436c. Epub 2011 Aug 17.

One-pot catalytic conversion of cellulose and of woody biomass solids to liquid fuels.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, 93110-9510, United States.

Abstract

Efficient methodologies for converting biomass solids to liquid fuels have the potential to reduce dependence on imported petroleum while easing the atmospheric carbon dioxide burden. Here, we report quantitative catalytic conversions of wood and cellulosic solids to liquid and gaseous products in a single stage reactor operating at 300-320 °C and 160-220 bar. Little or no char is formed during this process. The reaction medium is supercritical methanol (sc-MeOH) and the catalyst, a copper-doped porous metal oxide, is composed of earth-abundant materials. The major liquid product is a mixture of C(2)-C(6) aliphatic alcohols and methylated derivatives thereof that are, in principle, suitable for applications as liquid fuels.

PMID:
21806029
DOI:
10.1021/ja205436c
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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