Integrated catalytic conversion of gamma-valerolactone to liquid alkenes for transportation fuels.

@article{Bond2010IntegratedCC,
  title={Integrated catalytic conversion of gamma-valerolactone to liquid alkenes for transportation fuels.},
  author={Jesse Q. Bond and David Martin Alonso and D. S. Wang and Ryan M West and James A. Dumesic},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={327 5969},
  pages={1110-4}
}
Efficient synthesis of renewable fuels remains a challenging and important line of research. We report a strategy by which aqueous solutions of gamma-valerolactone (GVL), produced from biomass-derived carbohydrates, can be converted to liquid alkenes in the molecular weight range appropriate for transportation fuels by an integrated catalytic system that does not require an external source of hydrogen. The GVL feed undergoes decarboxylation at elevated pressures (e.g., 36 bar) over a silica… CONTINUE READING