Production of liquid alkanes by aqueous-phase processing of biomass-derived carbohydrates.

@article{Huber2005ProductionOL,
  title={Production of liquid alkanes by aqueous-phase processing of biomass-derived carbohydrates.},
  author={George W Huber and Juben N Chheda and Christopher J Barrett and James A. Dumesic},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={308 5727},
  pages={1446-50}
}
Liquid alkanes with the number of carbon atoms ranging from C7 to C15 were selectively produced from biomass-derived carbohydrates by acid-catalyzed dehydration, which was followed by aldol condensation over solid base catalysts to form large organic compounds. These molecules were then converted into alkanes by dehydration/hydrogenation over bifunctional catalysts that contained acid and metal sites in a four-phase reactor, in which the aqueous organic reactant becomes more hydrophobic and a… CONTINUE READING