Researchers at the Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Research Institute of Industrial Catalysis, East China University of Science and Technology, report on a catalytic process to convert biomass-derived furfural (earlier post) into octane in high yields at relatively low pressures and temperatures.
In the three-step process, two bifunctional catalysts, Pt/Co2AlO4 and Pt/NbOPO4, play crucial roles in achieving C8-ols from 4-(2-furyl)-3-buten-2-one and transforming the C8-ols into octane, respectively.
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Their paper is published in the journal ChemSusChem.
Wenjie Xu, Qineng Xia, Yu Zhang, Yong Guo, Yanqin Wang, Guanzhong Lu (2011) Effective Production of Octane from Biomass Derivatives under Mild Conditions. ChemSusChem. DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201100361