Issue Date: February 10, 2014
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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