Conversion of lipid biomass to liquid hydrocarbons via pericyclic decarboxylations of α,β- and β,γ-unsaturated fatty acids using polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) solvent systems
Development of a new process for converting lipid biomass, containing α,β- and β,γ-unsaturated fatty acids, to liquid hydrocarbon fuels (LHF) of varying carbon number is described in this dissertation. The theme for LHF production at present revolves around utilizing a catalytic system that requires high temperatures and pressures as well as multiple processing steps. The cost attributed to these types of processes has been a hindrance in moving the economy towards a cost-effective renewable fuel. Investigating possible catalyst-free processing techniques has led to the discovery of a lower ...
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Crans, Debbie C.