Catalytic biomass conversion and upgrading into platform chemicals and liquid fuels
The development of novel, efficient catalytic processes for plant biomass conversion and upgrading into versatile platform chemicals as well as oxygenated biodiesel and premium hydrocarbon kerosene/jet fuels is described in this dissertation. The chief motivation of using annually renewable biomass as the source of chemical building blocks and transportation fuels is to reduce societal dependence on depleting fossil fuels. Towards this goal, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), the dehydration product from C6 (poly)sugars, has been intensively investigated as it has been identified as a versatile C6 ...
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