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New catalytic process to convert furfural to octane at high yields

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



How much spare bio-mass can China produce over and above what is required to feed soon to be 1.5+ billion people?


If the Central Committee has fuel, who cares who goes without food? Well, besides those going without food, but if they were worth anything they'd be gloriously rich too, right?


Gee, all this complex chemistry. Why? Maybe good for materials development.

CCP is an unelected minority rule regime with massive disregard for human rights. Old fashioned communism, like old fashioned energy industries - are being dismantled. Just like the inefficient old grid.

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