Volume 92 Issue 6 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 10, 2014

High-Octane Biogasoline

Three-step, high-yield process makes branched alkanes from a common biobased feedstock, which could hasten the advent of renewable gasoline
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: biofuel, biogasoline, biomass, catalysis, octane

Gasoline made from biomass may be one step closer to the pump, thanks to a sequence of reactions that for the first time yields branched alkanes when starting from a biobased chemical feedstock. Short to medium-length branched alkanes are crucial components of gasoline because they allow the fuel to combust smoothly and predictably, a property measured by the octane rating. Current biofuel production methods mostly make linear alkanes, which don’t provide a sufficient octane rating . . .

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