Non-fermentative pathways for synthesis of branched-chain higher alcohols as biofuels

  title={Non-fermentative pathways for synthesis of branched-chain higher alcohols as biofuels},
  author={S. Atsumi and T. Hanai and J. Liao},
  • S. Atsumi, T. Hanai, J. Liao
  • Published 2008
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Global energy and environmental problems have stimulated increased efforts towards synthesizing biofuels from renewable resources. Compared to the traditional biofuel, ethanol, higher alcohols offer advantages as gasoline substitutes because of their higher energy density and lower hygroscopicity. In addition, branched-chain alcohols have higher octane numbers compared with their straight-chain counterparts. However, these alcohols cannot be synthesized economically using native organisms. Here… CONTINUE READING
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