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Catalytic Conversion of Bioethanol to Hydrocarbons

A method for catalytically converting an alcohol to a hydrocarbon without requiring purified or concentrated alcohol was invented by ORNL researchers. This approach can be used for relatively dilute bio-mass produced alcohols, such as those found in a biomass fermentation reactor.

Conventional biomass to hydrocarbon conversion is generally not commercially feasible, due to costs of the conversion process. This invention offers a method for catalytic conversion of biomass-derived alcohols or mixtures of alcohols to olefins or paraffins at relatively low temperatures. These hydrocarbons can then be added to a variety of transportation fuels without the need to make expensive changes to vehicles. Another critical advantage of this method is that the conversion can occur in the presence of water, even at dilute conditions.

Materials Science and Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Senior Technology Commercialization Manager, Biological and Environmental Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Phone: 865.576.4680
Material Sciences
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